MMO2764 - Post-medieval quarry and spoil heap southwest of Squallacombe (Monument)

Summary

A small subcircular quarry and associated spoil heap, probably dating to the post-medieval period, are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. It might have provided stone for building field boundaries in the mid 19th Century.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small subcircular quarry and associated spoil heap, probably dating to the post-medieval period, are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on moorland southwest of Squallacombe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7308 3801, the quarry measures approximately 16 metres across and up to 9 metres wide, while the spoil heap, visible as a slight mound around the south and southeast edges of the quarry measures 20 metres long and up to 3 metres wide. The features are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1891, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date. There is no indication as to what material was extracted here, although it may well have been in use during the mid 19th Century to provide stone for building local field boundaries. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96507 46-47 (30 March 1996).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #33171 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7309 3802 (26m by 18m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW104
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484440

Record last edited

Aug 31 2020 10:41PM

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