MMO287 - Possible post-medieval mining remains north of Tattiscombe (Monument)


The remains of a possible shaft is visible on aerial photographs as a circular depression. A nearby mound to the east may represent the remains of a spoil heap. An adit at Tattiscombe may be related to this mining activity.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

At SS 6304 4659 is a circular depression 5.6 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres deep, which may be the infilled remains of a shaft. At SS 6306 4659 is an irregular mound 1.8 metres high (maximum) which represents a spoil heap. It is the strongest argument for the depression being interpreted as a shaft. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. [1-3] Both the circular depression and associated spoil heap are visible on aerial photographs to the north of Tattiscombe. An adit located to the south at Tattiscombe could be part of this mining activity (MDE20883). The shaft, spoil heap and adit are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map [4-6] The features are depicted within an area where it has been suggested the earthwork remains of an early deserted farmstead can be seen on aerial photographs (see MDE20528). It is not clear whether some of the earthworks noted as part of the farmstead actually relate to these mining remains. More investigation is required. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Survey: Tattiscombe/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <2> Collection: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Exmoor Project.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 2 July 1993.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 161 (15 April 1972).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <6>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 NW. MD002171. [Mapped feature: #33286 ]
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 23 April 2019.



Grid reference Centred SS 6305 4660 (31m by 14m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 60607
  • Devon SMR: SS64NW/41/1
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21673
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE8984
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW19
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 872226

Record last edited

Mar 23 2021 9:39AM


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