MDE8284 - 18th or 19th Century mine workings on northern slopes of Little Hangman (Monument)


Mine workings on the steep northern slopes of Little Hangman are visible as a linear rock cutting and were probably worked for iron and manganese in association with the Little Hangman Lode.

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SS 5855 4811. Mine workings shown, but not annotated by the Ordnance Survey [1]. These old workings are situated on the steep northern slopes of Little Hangman at SS 5855 4811. They consist of a linear rock cutting, or costean, about 50 metres long northwest to southeast and 10 metres maximum width. The workings were entered from the southeast by a narrow track which is now cut by a massive erosion gulley. These workings, possibly for iron/manganese ore [2], may have been associated with the Little Hangman Lode. [3] (Note: The slopes, shown on the 1963 OS 1:2500 (SS 5848) some 40 metres north of these workings at SS 5854 4815, are not workings but a natural outcrop. The cliff symbol has been incorrectly depicted as slopes). [4] There is a linear hollow below the northeast side of the tor enclosure meaursing 50 metres by 8 metres and 2 metres deep. It is probably the result of prospecting for or extraction of iron or manganese in the 18th and 19th Centuries. [5] The site was surveyed in 2009. It was described as 50 metres long, 8 metres wide and up to 2 metres deep. It was thought to be the result of prospecting for, or extraction of, iron or manganese in the late 18th and 19th Centuries. [6,7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 1(15).
  • <2> Unpublished document: Claughton, P.. 22/04/1993. Letter and Maps to Royal Comission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <3> Article in serial: Anon.. 1864. New Combmartin Silver-Lead Mine. Mining Journal. P. 102.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 30 April 1993.
  • <5> Report: Berry, N.. 2002. Archaeological and Historic Landscape Survey of West Challacombe Farm, Combe Martin, Devon.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sinton, P, Riley, H. and Pullen, R.. 2009. Enclosure and platforms on Little Hangman hill, Combe Martin, Devon. 1:500.
  • <7> Report: Riley, H.. 2016. Little Hangman and Challacombe Common, Exmoor National Park: Two possible earlier Neolithic enclosures on western Exmoor. 15.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 616399, Extant 27 October 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 5855 4810 (47m by 31m)
Map sheet SS54NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 50079
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/130
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21475
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 54 NE40
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA148435
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 616399

Record last edited

Oct 27 2021 1:31PM


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