MMO1657 - 19th Century clearance cairn at Twitchin Combe (Monument)

Summary

A low semi-circular mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s. Its irregular shape suggests it may be a clearance cairn associated with the agricultural improvement of this area during the late 19th Century.

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Full Description

A low semicircular mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s. It is located to the north west of the top of Twitchin Combe, centred at SS 81709 48016 and measuring approximately 10 metres in diameter. The irregular shape suggests it may be a clearance cairn associated with the agricultural improvement of this area during the late 19th Century. The area immediately to the south of the mound is shown as woodland on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, and a disused quarry is also shown to the west. The mound may be associated with either the removal of the forest or with extractive activity. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4033 (11 April 1947).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #46963 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8170 4801 (28m by 28m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW95
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460645

Record last edited

Jan 27 2021 9:54AM

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