MMO1709 - Post-medieval or modern peat cutting south of Farmcombe Plantation (Monument)

Summary

Possible evidence for post-medieval or early 20th Century peat cutting can be seen as earthworks on aerial photographs of the 1940s.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Possible evidence of peat cutting can be seen as earthworks on aerial photographs of the 1940s, on Cloud Allotment, Oare parish, centred on circa SS 79944674. The peat cuttings, subrectangular pits up to 16 metres wide, are probably post-medieval or early 20th Century in date. By 1995 they have been filled and levelled, probably by ploughing following the post-war enclosure of Cloud Allotment. [1-3] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3352 (13 May 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 125-6 (21 May 1995).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NE. MD002168. [Mapped features: #46865 ; #46866 ]
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7990 4674 (111m by 37m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE95
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1461261

Record last edited

Jun 9 2021 1:49PM

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