MMO2939 - Two possible post-medieval quarries on Horsen Hill (Monument)


Two small irregularly shaped pits, likely quarries, of medieval or post-medieval date, which were abandoned prior to 1890.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A pair of small irregularly-shaped pits or quarries are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on the southern edge of Horsen Hill, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7868 3528, the northernmost quarry measures some 16 metres across, while the smaller quarry measures just 10 metres. Neither are depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1890. There is no indication as to what material was extracted here. [1-3] As these appear to be similar in type to other features in the area, it is likely that these pits date to the post-medieval, or perhaps the medieval period. [4] A hollow, 11 metres north to south, 9.5 metres east to west and up to 1.2 metres deep, with banks of spoil to the west and east, is the remains of a small stone quarry. Riley only notes one of these pits. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL 76068 003 (4 August 1973).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #43392 ]
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. S Thorogood, 13 September 2013.
  • <5> Report: Riley, H.. 2016. Archaeological walkover survey: Horsen, Exmoor. 9.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487470, Extant 23 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE142
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487470



Grid reference Centred SS 7868 3528 (31m by 37m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE

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Record last edited

Jun 1 2022 12:09PM


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