MEM25235 - Post-medieval prospecting pit or World War Two military training feature near Trout Hill (Monument)


A low mound, well defined by vegetational change, may be a post-medieval prospecting put or alternatively, a military training feature dating from the Second World War.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, in 2013 Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service were contracted to undertake a non-intrusive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Lanacombe, which included this site. SS 78569 42536. A shallow oval rush filled hollow approximately 2.5 metres by 1.5 metres with stony spoil downslope to the west up to 0.2 metres high. This may be a post-medieval extractive pit. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. The feature may be an prospecting pit or, alternatively a World War Two military training feature. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: Kirkham, G.. 2013. Lanacombe, Great Buscombe, and Trout Hill, Exmoor: Archaeological Survey. Cornwall County Council Historic Environment Service (Projects). p 20, ELN13(38).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 4, ELN13(38). [Mapped feature: #48020 ELN13(38)]



Grid reference Centred SS 7856 4253 (8m by 9m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN12(38)

Record last edited

Jun 21 2022 1:57PM


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