MDE8264 - Possible 19th Century adit on south side of Lester Point (Monument)

Summary

An adit 2 metres above the High Water Mark extends into the cliff for at least 32 metres. It was probably associated with the West Challacombe Silver Lead Mine in the mid 19th Century. Summary from record MDE20318: Vis=estimated -/-/1989 (claughton). One of 5 adits or shafts of west challacombe mine, indicated by claughton as having been sunk, reopened or worked in the 19th century (claughton). Vis=28/5/1993 (rchm) open adit 2m above high water on s side of w projecting promontory of lester point. Entrance 1.5m wide, 1.7m high. Extends into cliff on a bearing of 21 degrees for at least 32m before turning to nw (rchm).

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 57597 47595. One of 5 adits or shafts of West Challacombe Mine, indicated by Claughton as having been sunk, reopened or worked in the 19th Century. [1] An open adit some 2 metres above High Water Mark on the south side of the west projecting promontory of Lester Point some 300 metres north of Combe Martin beach. The entrance, seen clearly from the beach and easily accessible, measures about 1.5 metres wide, 1 7 metres high and its passage extends into the cliff on a bearing of 21 degrees (magnitude north) for at least 32 metres before turning to the northwest. It was not ascertained how much further it went into the cliff. According to Claughton [1] it was most probably part of silver lead workings associated with the West Challacombe Mine sett (See MDE8262) during a period of activity in the mid 19th Century. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <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 Unpublished document: Claughton, P.. 22/04/1993.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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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, 28 May 1993.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 5758 4760 (10m by 32m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS54NE
Civil Parish COMBE MARTIN, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 tidal
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 tidal
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 41474
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/10/2
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20318
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 54 NE20
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 614494
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Jul 11 2016 3:07PM

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