MMO2905 - Post-medieval trackway alongside Wheal Eliza (Monument)

Summary

A substantial post-medieval trackway, probably representing the main route to and from Wheal Eliza mine (MSO6802) is visible on aerial photographs. The trackway was most likely abandoned soon after mining operations ceased.

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Full Description

A substantial post-medieval trackway, probably representing the main route to and from Wheal Eliza mine, is visible on aerial photographs immediately north of of the former mine. Beginning at approximately SS 7844 3824, the trackway runs approximately southwest to northeast towards Simonsbath for some 307 metres before fading from view at approximately SS 7862 3831. Its width varies from 5 to 10 metres, and in several places, shallow surface workings can be seen alongside it. The trackway is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, suggesting it was most likely abandoned soon after mining operations ceased. [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. RAF 543/2821 (F62) 169-70 (27-APR-1964).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #33221 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1486644, Extant 22 November 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7847 3826 (316m by 99m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE108
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1486644

Record last edited

Nov 22 2021 9:34PM

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