MMO2169 - Peat Cutting, North-East of Pinkery Farm (Monument)

Summary

A large area of peat cutting, of probable post medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks on moorland to the north-east of Pinkery Farm.

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Protected Status

  • 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 to the north-east of Pinkery Farm and covering an area of approximately 2 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 729 415 and are mostly arranged in regular, linear strips, measuring up to 80 metres long and 10 metres across. The cuttings are closely associated with an area of 19th century drainage, believed to be related to the Knight family's attempt to drain the land prior to enclosing it. 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 south west, and further north 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]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3149-50. 11/04/1947.
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. P. 47, 143.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7296 4152 (199m by 183m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470652

Record last edited

Mar 26 2018 10:38AM

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