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] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <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>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #33200 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487594, Extant 23 November 2021.



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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487594

Record last edited

Nov 23 2021 2:30PM


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