MMO1904 - Medieval or post-medieval peat cutting on Furzehill Common (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
An area of peat cutting and possible drainage can be seen in an area of Furzehill Common enclosed in the post-medieval period, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. Most of the visible pits are oval or subrectangular in shape, ranging in size from 3 to 6 metres across, although the largest coherent pit in this group is approximately 20 metres long. A small number of the pits are conjoined to form irregularly shaped features, and may have been worked over many years, potentially from the medieval period. The cuttings are centred, roughly, on SS 7307 4559, at an elevation between 340 and 350 metres above Ordnance Datum. A larger area of turbary can be seen approximately 300 metres to the southeast. [1-4] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. 
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3316-7 (13 May 1946).
- <2> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 (F20) 3155-6 (17 October 1952).
- <3> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 (F20) 4036-7 (11 November 1952).
- <4> SMO7556 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.
- <5> SEM8135 Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7304 4558 (279m by 218m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1465009 (Original Monarch entry: 1465009)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW124
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1465009
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May 23 2018 3:09PM
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