MMO2168 - Post-medieval peat cutting northeast of Pinkery Farm (Monument)


A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks on moorland northeast of Pinkery Farm covering an area of approximately 3 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 727 413 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits measuring 4 to 6 metres, to less regularly shaped, curved pits up to 65 metres across. The cuttings are closely associated with an area of 19th Century drainage, believed to be part of the Knight family's land improvements during the 19th Century. 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 very recently, and may continue in places. Similar areas are visible to the northeast along The Chains. [1-3] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3149-50 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. P. 47, 143.
  • <3>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #38883 ]
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1470643, Extant 18 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7276 4131 (202m by 212m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW199
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1470643

Record last edited

Jan 18 2022 5:26PM


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