MMO2600 - Post-medieval quarry remains northwest of Oaktrow Farm (Monument)


The remains of quarries of probable post-medieval date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks pits.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of at least 3 quarries are visible on aerial photographs as a pits roughly 175 metres to the to the northwest of Oaktrow Farm, at circa SS 9410 4056. The pits are oval in plan and just over 20 metres long, orientated in a row north to south roughly following the 200 metre Ordnance Datum contour. The individual earthworks are not explicitly marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, but do occupy an area demarcated as unimproved ground which is also marked Old Quarry. This supports the interpretation that the pits predate the first edition map and are therefore of probable post-medieval date. The function of the pits is unclear but they may have been dug for walling material used in the construction of the surrounding field system associated with Oaktrow Farm, part of which also forms the boundary with Timberscombe parish. [1-3] The pits have been infilled; a void opening up in October 2013 is likely to represent collapsed infilling. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F63) 0143-4 (27 April 1964).
  • <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 SW. MD002186. [Mapped feature: #32486 ]
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Site visit, Shirley Blaylock, 8 November 2013.



Grid reference Centred SS 9410 4057 (23m by 85m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW109
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1479540

Record last edited

Oct 26 2021 10:24AM


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