MMO2954 - Post-medieval prospecting pits on Winstitchin (Monument)

Summary

Several small post-medieval pits are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. They were abandoned prior to 1890. Their east-west alignment and proximity to Wheal Eliza mine suggests they may have been prospecting pits.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Several small pits are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks on Winstitchin, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7889 3800, up to 6 pits are visible, runing east-west. Most are no larger than 5 metres across, although the westernmost pit is more linear, and measures some 25 metres long. The pits likely date to the post-medieval period and are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date. Their east-west alignment and proximity to Wheal Eliza mine suggests they may have been prospecting pits associated with copper and iron mining in the area. [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. NMR OS/96507 38-39 (30 March 1996).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. 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: #33198 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487600, Extant 23 November 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7889 3799 (90m by 66m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE157
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487600

Record last edited

Nov 23 2021 2:35PM

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