MMO2319 - Two small quarries south of Limecombe Cottage (Monument)

Summary

Two small quarries are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks south of Limecombe Cottage, Exmoor. They most likely date to the post medieval period, although neither is depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The name "limecombe" suggests that this area may have been exploited for limestone, and there are a number of old quarries depicted in the area on the 1889 map (see NMR UID 1475573).

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Two small quarries are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks south of Limecombe Cottage, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7642 4018, both quarries are cut into the steep east facing slope above Lime Combe. The larger quarry to the north measures 7.5 metres across, while the smaller quarry to the south measures 6 metres. They most likely date to the post medieval period, although neither is depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The name "limecombe" suggests that this area may have been exploited for limestone, and there are a number of old quarries depicted in the area on the 1889 map (see NMR UID 1475573). The cottages at Limecombe were built by the Knight family, who also intended to construct a station nearby for their proposed Simonsbath-Porlock mineral railway. It is possible that the quarries were part of this proposal (1-3).

Sources/Archives (4)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4152-53 11-APR-1947.
  • --- Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Burton, R.A. 1989 "The Heritage of Exmoor" Tiverton, Maslands Ltd., page(s) 66-69.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 1889.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7642 4018 (12m by 46m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475576

Record last edited

Mar 26 2018 10:40AM

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