MEM24210 - Medieval or post-medieval peat cuttings on Humber's Ball (Monument)

Summary

An area of irregular hollows represents the remains of disused turbary. They may represent medieval and early post-medieval turbaries worked by the farms which border the former open moorland.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 82679 32970. An area of irregular hollows on the southwest side of Humber's Ball represents the remains of disused turbary. A typical cutting is a subrectangular hollow, 4 metres north to south, 2.5 metres east to west and 0.4 metres deep. The peat cuttings are very different to those in the Royal Forest around Simonsbath which date from the 19th and 20th Centuries and may well represent medieval and early post-medieval turbaries, worked by the farms which border the former open moorland. [1]

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1>XY Report: Riley, H.. 2018. Archaeological walkover survey: Halscombe Allotments, Humber's Ball, Hawkridge Plain & Old Barrow Down, Withypool & Hawkridge, Exmoor. HWH17059, p15. [Mapped features: #44515 Peat cuttings, HWH17059; #44516 Peat cuttings, HWH17059]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8263 3304 (376m by 203m)
Map sheet SS83SW
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Historic Parish HAWKRIDGE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Halscombe etc): HWH17059

Record last edited

Nov 21 2018 4:24PM

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