MMO2188 - Post-medieval mounds on Shoulsbarrow Common (Monument)


A number of small circular, stony mounds of probable post-medieval date are visible on aerial photographs. They may represent spoil and debris from quarrying activities, although they may also be related to peat cutting or field clearance.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A number of small circular, stony mounds of probable post-medieval date are visible on the eastern edge of Shoulsbarrow Common, Challacombe. Centred at approximately SS 7158 4017 and extending over an area of up to 4 hectares, the mounds measure no more than 3 metres across and are randomly distributed. A quarry is shown 250 metres to the north west on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and it seems likely that these stones represented spoil or debris from this activity. However, they may also be related to field clearance, or peat cutting in the area, particularly on Shoulsbarrow Common. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2082 4104-05 (19 May 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #32895 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7158 4024 (323m by 373m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW219
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1470958

Record last edited

Feb 10 2021 2:17PM


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