MMO2735 - Drainage System around Hangley Cleave (Monument)

Summary

A complex series of drainage ditches is visible as earthworks on moorland around the Hangley Cleave Mine.

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Full Description

A complex series of drainage ditches is visible as earthworks on aerial photograghs on moorland around the Hangley Cleave mine. Centred at approximately SS 7432 3672, the majority of the ditches cut across the contours of the slope, directing water from the higher ground in the south and the south-east towards Kinsford Water and its tributaries. The drains cover a vast area, approximately 35 hectares, and in several places appear to direct water around adits and other crucial areas of the mine indicating that they were probably constructed around the time that the mine was active between 1854 and 1857. However, given their resemblance to other linear drainage systems in and around the former Royal Forest, there is a possibility that they were constructed as land improvement drains prior to the opening of the mines. (1)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. Exmoor National Park Authority MAL 14/77 97-98 20-MAY-1977.
  • <2> Report: McDonnell, R.. 2008. Hangley Cleave: Report on an Archaeological Walkover Survey. P.2. Feature Number 003..

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7452 3662 (1070m by 788m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484216

Record last edited

Apr 25 2018 6:14PM

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