MMO2603 - Post-medieval quarries southeast of East Harwood Farm (Monument)

Summary

The remains of two pits, possibly quarries of probable post-medieval date, are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks pits. The pits may be cut by, and therefore predate, a water meadow of probable 19th Century date in this area.

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Full Description

The remains of two quarries are visible on aerial photographs as earthwork pits roughly 100 metres to southeast of East Harwood Farm, at circa SS 9357 4095 and SS 9358 4089. The pits are subrectangular in plan and roughly 20 metres long, aligned along the contours of the hill. The earthworks are marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, and therefore predate its publications. They may also be cut by, and therefore predate, the gutters of a water meadow of probable mid 19th Century date. On the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map they are depicted as being very regular in shape and possibly terraced into the combe slope, which may indicate a particular purpose. However, on the basis of the aerial photographs alone, this remains unclear. An old lime kiln is recorded approximately 400 metres to the east of these pits, but an association seems unlikely. [1-3] The features are shown in two areas of scrub on the 2020 MasterMap data. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3228-9 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186.
  • <4>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped features: #46660 ; #46661 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9358 4090 (28m by 125m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SW
Civil Parish TIMBERSCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW112
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1479554

Record last edited

Aug 18 2020 11:15AM

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