MEM25237 - 19th Century prospecting pit or World War Two military training feature southwest of Trout Hill I (Monument)

Summary

A shallow hollow with a spoil heap to the west may originally have been of significant depth. It is likely to be a 19th Century prospecting feature, although it could also be a Second World War military training feature.

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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 79207 43095. A shallow hollow approximately 3 metres in diameter with a spoil heap to the west 3.5 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. The quantity of spoil appears large relative to the present size of the hollow and the cut may once have been of significant depth. Possibly a prospecting feature. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. It is stated that the feature is most likely to be a 19th Century prospecting feature, although it could also be 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 22, ELN13(42).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 5, ELN13(42). [Mapped feature: #48024 ELN13(42)]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7920 4309 (10m by 9m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument) (Lanacombe): ELN13(42)

Record last edited

Jun 21 2022 2:53PM

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