MMO2951 - Three post-medieval pits or adits at Duredon Farm (Monument)


Three small circular depressions or pits are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. These were abandoned prior to 1890. Adits were cut in this location in the mid 19th Century and these may be associated.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Three small circular depressions or pits are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks cut into the southeast facing slope south of Duredon Farm. Centred at approximately SS 7563 3992, the possible quarries measure between 10 and 20 metres across. The ground surrounding them is slightly uneven, possibly as a result of spoil dumping. They are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1890. Burton refers to adits being cut in this location by Schneider and Hannay in the mid 19th Century, in an attempt to find iron ore, and it is possible that these pits were part of that attempt. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL 76064 154 (04 August 1976).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 143.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.



Grid reference Centred SS 7564 3992 (136m by 110m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE154
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1487594

Record last edited

Sep 16 2013 11:42AM


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