MMO2400 - (Monument)

Summary

A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs on the south-facing slopes of Prayway Meads, Exmoor. The feature is in a fairly sheltered position and as such is unlikely to be a prehistoric funerary monument. It lies within an area of substantial 19th century improvement activity, including enclosures and water meadows, and may well be a spoil heap or clearance cairn associated with the construction of these features.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular mound is visible on aerial photographs on the south-facing slopes of Prayway Meads, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7776 4127 and measuring approximately 7 metres across, the feature is in a fairly sheltered position and as such is unlikely to be a prehistoric funerary monument. It lies within an area of substantial 19th century improvement activity, including enclosures and water meadows, constructed by Frederic Knight in the mid-19th century after the families acquisition of the former Royal Forest of EXmoor, and may well be a spoil heap or clearance cairn associated with the construction of these features. The unfinished Exmoor Mineral Railway was intended to run close by this spot, and the construction of this large monument may also be related to the spoil heap or clearance cairn (1-2).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 934-35 29-APR-1973.
  • --- Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Burton, R.A. 1989 "The Heritage of Exmoor" Maslands Ltd, Tiverton, page(s) 64, 104.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7776 4127 (10m by 10m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

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External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1476433

Record last edited

Mar 26 2018 10:35AM

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