MMO2628 - Post-medieval quarry south of Hoaroak Cottage (Monument)

Summary

A probable post-medieval pit or quarry and associated spoil heap are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. This is depicted but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to 1889.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A probable post medieval pit or quarry and associated spoil heap are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks in a field southsouthwest of Hoaroak Cottage, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7398 4325, the pit measures approximately 19 metres long and up to 8 metres wide. The spoil heap is visible as a mound of earth around the eastern edge of the pit. A quarry is depicted but not annotated at this location on the 1st Wdition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. It may have been opened in the 19th Century as a test pit in an attempt to locate the ironstone seam in the area. Iron workings in the form of adits and spoil heaps can be seen to the southeast of this feature (see MSO7125). Four smaller trial pits can be seen to the north and east of the largest pit. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 3082-83 (8 November 1952).
  • <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 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <4> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Hoaroak Valley: Historic landscape survey and analysis. 35-36.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7399 4325 (24m by 25m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW270
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1480115

Record last edited

Apr 26 2020 9:19PM

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