MDE8263 - Possible 19th Century adit north of Combe Martin Beach (Monument)


An adit extends into the cliff for some 16 metres. It was probably associated with the West Challacombe Silver Lead Mine in the mid 19th Century.

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One of 5 adits or shafts indicated by Claughton as having been sunk, reopened or worked in the 19th century. [1] SS 57606 47539. This adit is visible in the east facing cliff some 200 metres north of Combe Martin Beach. At first sight it appears to be no more than a natural cave but Claughton [1] confirms it was extended by mining, most probably part of workings associated with the west Challacombe Mine sett (see MDE8262) during a period of activity in the mid 19th Century. The entrance to the adit is 3.5 metres wide and 3 metres high. It extends into the cliff for 16 metres in depth. Claughton referred to drilling holes being visible but none were seen. The fact that the adit does not continue suggests the search was unproductive. [2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Claughton, P.. 22/04/1993. Letter and Maps to Royal Comission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, F1, 28 April 1993.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 614490, Extant 20 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 5760 4752 (15m by 5m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS54NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS54NE10/1
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 41473
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20317
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 54 NE19
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 614490
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Oct 20 2021 4:44PM


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