MMO2578 - Medieval or post-medieval quarry west of Black Ball Camp (Monument)


A medieval or post-medieval quarry is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It probably predates the creation of Dunster park and garden in the mid 18th Century.

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A medieval or post-medieval quarry is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork due west of Black Ball Camp, Dunster. Centred at approximately SS 9829 4267, the quarry is cut into the western slopes of Gallox Hill and measures approximately 60 metres across. It is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 and annotated "old quarry" suggesting it was abandoned prior to this date. In addition, it lies within the landscaped grounds of Dunster Castle, which were created in the mid 18th Century and it seems likely that the quarry would predate the creation of the park and garden. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4217-18 (11 April 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 94 SE. MD002187. [Mapped feature: #39930 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9829 4266 (43m by 65m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SE

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE157
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1479255

Record last edited

Jan 22 2020 3:01PM


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