MMO2754 - Medieval or post-medieval quarry north of Silkwood Top (Monument)

Summary

A probable medieval or post-medieval quarry or extractive pit and associated spoil heap are visible as earthworks. It is bisected by a post-medieval field boundary and is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A probable medieval or post-medieval quarry or extractive pit and associated spoil heap are visible as earthworks north of Silkwood Top, Brayford. Centred at SS 7006 3757, the subrectangular quarry measures approximately 60 metres long and up to 15 metres wide. The spoil heap is roughly ovoid, and measures some 20 metres across. Both the quarry and the spoil heap appear to be bisected by the post-medieval field boundary running north to south, indicating they were in use before the boundary. Although the field boundary is visible on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, the quarry and spoil heap are not shown, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication. Several other features are visible in the vicinity however, most annotated "old quarry" which may indicate that this area was a focal point for mining and quarrying. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96507 49-50 (30 March 1996).
  • <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 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #33174 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7007 3758 (63m by 35m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish BRAYFORD, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW94
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484328

Record last edited

Sep 2 2020 10:17AM

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