MMO1614 - Post-medieval hard at The Gore (Monument)


A post-medieval slipway or hard was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1972. It was still visible in aerial photographs taken in 1999.

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A post-medieval and 20th Century slipway or hard, visible as an augmented natural feature, centred at SS 8555 4846 was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1972. Located on The Gore, the rectilinear feature has been created by clearing the large pebbles from the beach, so that vessels launched and/or recovered from/to the shore and the 20th Century dated ornamental boathouse (MSO7986) on the beach could be done so safely. The cleared area is about 88 metres long and about 11.5 metres wide, though that flares at the seaward end to 15 metres wide. This feature is visible on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, implying that there was an extant launching place at that location prior to the 1880s. The feature was still visible in aerial photographs taken in 1999. [1-4] A rectangular area in front of a boathouse (MSO7986) appears to be have been cleared of shingle to create a sandy beaching area or slipway. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 099 (15 April 1972).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8548/12 (18298/14) (19 March 1999).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1886.
  • <4>XY Archive: Crowther, S., Dickson, A. and Truscoe, K.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 84 NE. MD000130. [Mapped feature: #40396 ]
  • <5> Unpublished document: Various. 1999-. English Heritage/Historic England Field Investigator's Comments. Marcus Jecock, HE Field Investigation, 18 September 2016.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1460091, Extant 21 February 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8555 4842 (35m by 174m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS84NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO1111
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE148
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1460091
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18081

Record last edited

Feb 21 2022 11:04AM


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