MMO2320 - Post-medieval gravel pit south of Prayway Head (Monument)

Summary

A sunken pit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs and is overlain by the B3223, suggesting that it predates the road. The feature is annotated "gravel pit" on historic mapping.

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Full Description

A sunken pit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs in a field south of Prayway Head, Exmoor and adjacent to the round folly (see MSO6903). It is overlain by the B3223, suggesting that it predates the road, and measures a total of 90 metres in length. The feature is annotated "gravel pit" on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889. On the 2nd Edition map, published in 1903, the pit is annotated as "old gravel pit" suggesting it had been abandoned by this point. The feature most likely dates to the post-medieval period, and is possibly related to the Knight family's activities in this area. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4153-54 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32990 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1475577, Extant 15 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7696 4039 (97m by 39m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE169
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1475577

Record last edited

Jun 15 2021 3:10PM

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