MMO2830 - Post-medieval or modern quarry pits on Kitnor Heath (Monument)

Summary

A small group of linear pits are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. They are probably the remains of quarries or prospecting pits of post-medieval or early 20th Century date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small group of linear pits are visible as earthworks on the south facing slopes of Kitnor Heath, centred on circa SS 8745 3973, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. They are not marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map [2], but the earthworks are probably the remains of quarries or prospecting pits of post-medieval or early 20th century date. The precise function of the pits is unclear, but their east-west orientation, which echoes that of a much larger group of earthworks approximately 200 metres to the south with which they are probably associated, may support the interpretation that they were following a mineral resource. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3276-7 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NE. MD002192. [Mapped feature: #32818 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1485001, Extant 22 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8745 3973 (60m by 14m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NE
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE109
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1485001

Record last edited

Sep 22 2021 2:28PM

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