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]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <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 Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments.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.



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
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 616365

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:06PM


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