MMO2185 - Post-medieval quarry on eastern edge of South Regis Common (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval quarry or extractive pit with associated spoil heap is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. It may have provided building stone or limestone for the Knight family's improvements during the mid 19th Century.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An "Old Quarry" is shown on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [1,2] A post-medieval quarry or extractive pit with associated spoil heap is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs on the eastern edge of South Regis Common, Challacombe. Located at approximately SS 7135 4051, the quarry itself measures 34 metres long, and varies in width between 5 and 20 metres. Two amorphous mounds on either side of the quarry would appear to be spoil heaps. The feature is annotated "Old Quarry" on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned some time prior to publication in 1889. It is not clear what was being quarried in this area, but it may well have been building stone or limestone for the Knight family's improvements at Pinkery and Driver Farms to the west during the mid 19th Century. [1,3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3146-48 (11 April 1947).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7134 4051 (43m by 43m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 66729
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/133
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21802
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW216
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470908

Record last edited

Mar 28 2018 11:21AM

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