MMO2027 - Post-medieval extractive pit or quarry east of Rowley Down (Monument)

Summary

A large post-medieval extractive pit or quarry is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may have been abandoned in favour of Lawns Quarry, which was in operation into the 20th Century.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large post-medieval extractive pit or quarry is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork to the east of Rowley Down, Parracombe. Centred at approximately SS 6568 4343 the quarry measures approximately 160 metres long and up to 30 metres wide. The linear form of the quarry suggests it may have been following a mineral seam, but it is not clear what was extracted at this site. The quarry is depicted on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps and annotated as "old quarry," suggesting that it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. It may have been abandoned in favour of Lawns Quarry, located approximately 200 metres to the northeast, which was in operation into the 20th Century. [1-4] The feature is also depicted on the 1963 Ordnance Survey map. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3094-95 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 SE. MD002181. [Mapped feature: #43190 ]
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6569 4343 (167m by 65m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64SE
Civil Parish PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31590
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/134
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21203
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE84
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1466899

Record last edited

May 20 2019 4:19PM

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