MMO2581 - Possible medieval or post-medieval gravel pit east of Bat's Castle (Monument)

Summary

A large oval depression is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It appears to be a backfilled gravel pit, presumably dating to the medieval or post-medieval periods and abandoned before Dunster Park was formed.

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A large oval depression is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork east of Bat's Castle, Carhampton. Centred at approximately SS 9922 4209, the shallow depression measures approximately 70 metres across. It is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map; however, several features are depicted and annotated "old gravel pits" in the vicinity. It seems likely that this feature represents a backfilled gravel pit, presumably dating to the medieval or post-medieval periods, and likely abandoned prior to the creation of Dunster Park in the mid 18th Century. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4216-17 (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: #32525 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9923 4209 (80m by 52m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SE
Civil Parish CARHAMPTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE160
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1479266

Record last edited

Jan 22 2020 2:59PM

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