MMO1904 - Medieval or post-medieval peat cutting on Furzehill Common (Monument)

Summary

An area of peat cutting and possible drainage can be seen in an area of Furzehill Common.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

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. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 3316-7 (13 May 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 (F20) 3155-6 (17 October 1952).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 (F20) 4036-7 (11 November 1952).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.
  • <5> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7304 4558 (279m by 218m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW124
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1465009

Record last edited

May 23 2018 3:09PM

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