MMO2171 - Post-medieval peat cutting northwest of Pinkery Farm (Monument)


A large area of peat cutting of probable post-medieval date is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks in an enclosure labelled Broad Mead. The cuttings were most likely abandoned in the late 19th or 20th Century.

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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 in an enclosed area of moorland labelled Broad Mead, northwest of Pinkery Farm, and covering an area of approximately 3.5 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 719 413 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits measuring 5 to 7 metres to less regularly shaped and curved pits up to 50 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 very recently, and may continue in places. Similar areas are visible to the east and 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]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 924-26 (29 April 1973).
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. P. 43, 147.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #38890 ]
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.



Grid reference Centred SS 7192 4137 (249m by 281m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW202
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470699

Record last edited

Feb 25 2019 11:35AM


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