MMO2584 - Griffith's Quarry (Monument)


The remains of a large linear quarry are clearly visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. The quarry appears to have still been in use when the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map was drawn.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a large linear quarry are clearly visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on Alcombe Common, Minehead. Centred at SS 9722 4390 the quarry runs approximately north to south, measuring some 55 metres long and up to 9 metres wide. The quarry is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 and annotated "Griffith's Quarry," indicating that it was perhaps still in use at this point and presumably is post-medieval in origin. There is no indication as to what material was extracted here, although the shape of the quarry suggests that a mineral seam was being extracted. [1-3] 'Griffith's Quarry' shown on Ordnance Survey map of c.1904. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4106-07 (11 July 1946).
  • <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: #39931 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SS 9723 4391 (51m by 60m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10372
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE163
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1479276
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18651

Record last edited

Jan 22 2020 2:55PM


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