MMO2816 - Post-medieval quarry pits on Bye Hill (Monument)

Summary

Two quarry pits of probable post-medieval date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. They are irregularly shaped with no entrance track immediately apparent.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two quarry pits of probable post-medieval date are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Bye Hill, centred on circa SS 8925 3562. The pits are irregularly shaped with no entrance track immediately apparent. The easternmost pit, which measures over 35 metres long and circa 11 wide, corresponds with a quarry marked in this location on the on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890. The western earthwork, measuring circa 27 metres long and up to 11 wide, also corresponds with a elongated pit marked on the historic map, but this feature is annotated. It seems probable, however, that this is also a quarry, albeit one which may have passed out of use. The particular purpose of the pits is unclear, but these two are the only examples of confirmed quarries depicted on the historic map in this area. A further 8 smaller pits recorded distributed over the summit of Bye Hill may be evidence of mineral prospection. Most of these smaller pits appear to have been levelled by the 1970s. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1944 4160-1 (23 January 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73086 804-5 (17 April 1973).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NE. MD002192. [Mapped feature: #41701 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1484918, Extant 22 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8926 3562 (89m by 52m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NE
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE95
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1484918

Record last edited

Sep 22 2021 3:31PM

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