MEM25238 - 19th Century prospecting pit or World War Two military training feature on Trout Hill (Monument)


An oval mound was noted during field survey in 2013. It has been interpreted as a 19th Century prospecting pit, or as a Second World War military training feature.

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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 79306 43177. An oval mound 3 metres by 2 metres and up to 0.4 metres high under dense molinia. There is a shallow hollow to the east but no evident cut on a scale to provide the mound material. [1] The visit was followed by a further survey undertaken by The Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. There is a shallow hollow to the east, but this is disproportionately small compared to the volume of spoil suggesting the hollow was much deeper originally. The feature is most likely to be a 19th Century prospecting work, 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 23, ELN13(44).
  • <2>XY Report: Bray, L.S.. 2015. Lanacombe, Exmoor: Archaeological walkover survey. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 5, ELN13(44). [Mapped feature: #48025 ELN13(43)]



Grid reference Centred SS 7930 4317 (6m by 9m) Based on GIS provided with report
Map sheet SS74SE

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Record last edited

Jun 23 2022 11:39AM


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