MDE8278 - 19th Century adit northeast of East Challacombe Farm (Monument)


The remains of a collapsed and infilled adit and a grassed over spoil heap, northeast of East Challacombe Farm, may have been 19th Century workings associated with the Iron/Manganese mining of Girt Down Mine sett.

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Possible adit surveyed, but not annotated, in field to north east of East Challacombe Farm. [1] SS 5935 4776. The remains of this possible adit are now collapsed and infilled though its line is clearly visible as a gulley in a pasture field on a steep southwest facing slope. The north end of the gulley has been extended by a shallow field drain although it was dry at the time of this visit. The upper, north east end of the gulley is exposed as a red claylike soil whilst the lower two thirds are grassed over. At SS 5933 4774 the remains of the grassed over spoil heap from the workings form a low fan shaped spread about 20 metres across, 16 metres uphill and 0.5 metres maximum height. This spoil heap though shown on [1] has been omitted from the 1904 map [2] so it may have been robbed, ploughed and the area seeded before then. The whole may have been 19th century workings associated with the Iron/Manganese mining of Girt Down Mine sett. [3] An unnamed mine. The adit was driven northeast from point to northeast of East Challacombe Farm. Probably for iron. Date not known. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 1(16).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, Devon 1(16).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 April 1993.
  • <4> Report: Claughton, P. F.. 1993. A List of Mines in North Devon and West Somerset. 099.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 616365, Extant 27 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 5934 4775 (91m by 66m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS54NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 50084
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 54976
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/120
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/135
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21480
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21608
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 54 NE34
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 616365

Record last edited

Oct 27 2021 1:17PM


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