MMO2023 - Post-medieval quarry northwest of Countisbury (Monument)


The site of a small quarry is marked on historic mapping.

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A quarry of possible post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork to the north of Countisbury, centred on circa SS 7462 4980. The quarry is comprised of two conjoined oval pits overlooking Countisbury Common. The larger, western half measures roughly 17 by 10 metres in size, the smaller eastern pit 10 by 7 metres. It is one of three such earthwork sites within the extensive and probably medieval relict field systems to the north of Countisbury. It is marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, and therefore predates this date. However, it is probable that the field system had passed out of agricultural use by the time of their excavation. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/902 (F20) 4025-6 (10 October 1952).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173. [Mapped feature: #38580 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1466893, Extant 10 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7461 4980 (22m by 18m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 71681
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21881
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW216
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1466893

Record last edited

Jan 10 2022 4:01PM


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