MMO2163 - Post-medieval peat cutting on Thornworthy Common (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks on the east of Thornworthy Common, Lynton and Lynmouth, covering an area of approximately 3 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 721 444 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits measuring 4 metres, to less regularly shaped pits up to 90 metres across. Due to the vast number of pits visible on aerial photographs, only a representative sample has been transcribed, indicating distribution and form. Peat cutting is known to have continued on Exmoor until vary recently, and may continue in places. Similar areas are visible to the east at Furzehill Common. [1-3] 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. NMR OS/72314 277-78 (16 August 1972).
- <2> SEM7440 Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage.
- <3>XY SMO7565 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #38880 ]
- <4> SEM8135 Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7211 4450 (273m by 339m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1470614 (Pastscape entry: 1470614)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW194
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470614
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Feb 10 2021 3:37PM
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