MMO2032 - Post-medieval extractive pit northwest of Challacombe Common (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval linear extractive pit or quarry is visible on aerial photographs. The linear form of the quarry suggests that a mineral seam was being followed, but it is not clear what was being extracted at this site.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Old quarries are marked on the 6 inch Ordnance Survey maps dating from 1905 and 1963. [1,2] One of three groups of irregular quarried depressions, marked by the Ordnance Survey as "Old Quarries", visible on aerial photographs. [3-5] A post-medieval linear extractive pit or quarry is visible on aerial photographs on Moorland to the northwest of Challacombe Common. Centred at approximately SS 6741 4283, the quarry appears as three separate pits measuring in total approximately 135 metres long and up to 15 metres wide, running northeast to northwest. It does not appear particularly deep and may have been partially backfilled. The quarry is depicted but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting that it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The linear form of the quarry suggests that a mineral seam was being followed, but it is not clear what was being extracted at this site. [6-8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1905, 6SE.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM 13/123 (May 1977).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980 3092 (April 1947).
  • <5> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6742C.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 888-889 (29 April 1973).
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <8>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 SE. MD002181. [Mapped feature: #33276 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6742 4283 (143m by 43m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64SE
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 57190
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/196
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20656
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE88
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1466908

Record last edited

May 20 2019 3:38PM

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