MMO2937 - Post-medieval gravel pit on Fyldon Common (Monument)


A small circular depression is visible at the eastern edge of Fyldon Common, North Molton. The feature is depicted on Ordnance Survey mapping as a gravel pit. It likely dates to the post-medieval period.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular depression is visible on aerial photographs at the eastern edge of Fyldon Common, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7614 3558, the pit measures some 21 metres across. It is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and annotated 'Gravel Pit', suggesting it was still in use in 1890. The nearby road junction is known as Gravel Pit Cross, suggesting that the area was being exploited for gravel extraction prior to the construction of the road. The feature most likely dates to the post-medieval period. [1-2] 'Gravel Pit' is marked on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map, but is not visible on the 1962 Ordnance Survey map. [3-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 69-70 (7 May 1996).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1905. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. Sheet 11SE.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <5> Report: McDonnell, R.. 2008. Hangley Cleave: Report on an Archaeological Walkover Survey. 2, feature number 4.



Grid reference Centred SS 7614 3557 (42m by 25m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 57802
  • Devon SMR: SS73NE/506
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20666
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE140
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1487467

Record last edited

Jun 19 2018 4:39PM


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