MDE8266 - Post-medieval adit above Wild Pear Beach (Monument)


A linear mound, shown on the Ordnance Survey 25 inch map of 1889/1904, may be the spoil from an adit said to have been situated above Wild Pear Beach.

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SS 5822 4770. One of 5 adits or shafts indicated by Claughton as having been sunk, reopened or worked in the 19th Century. [1] SS 5822 4769. The Ordnance Survey [2] depicts a linear mound about 35 metres long oriented north-north-east to south-south-west with the remains of an apparent spoil heap at its southern end, 30 metres to the north of the bottom of the footpath descending to Wild Pear Beach. The linear mound is shown as a gulley on the 1904 map [3]. Claughton [1] indicates the site of an adit, now lost, on Wheel Path Lode at SS 5819 4767 [4], fifteen feet above Wild Pear Beach. It is probably associated with silver lead workings of the West Challacombe Mine sett. (MDE8262). The linear mound, or gulley, and spoil heap were presumably workings associated with this adit. Today there is no trace of any of these features, and it is assumed that they have disappeared with coastal erosion as the cliffs are very unstable here. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Claughton, P.. 22/04/1993. Letter and Maps to Royal Comission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 1(15).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Devon 1(15).
  • <4> Article in serial: Anon.. 1864. New Combmartin Silver-Lead Mine. Mining Journal. P. 102.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 28 May 1993.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 614547, Extant 20 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 5820 4768 (51m by 52m) 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 Monument ID: 41476
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/10/4
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20319
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 54 NE22
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park Authority
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 614547
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Oct 20 2021 4:52PM


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