MMO2971 - Post-medieval quarry on Red Stone Hill (Monument)

Summary

A quarry of probable post-medieval date can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. It is circa 75 metres long and up to 12 metres wide. It may have been exploiting a mineral resource seam, perhaps iron ore.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A quarry of probable post-medieval date can be seen as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, approaching the summit of Red Stone Hill at circa SS 8130 3962. The earthwork is roughly linear in shape, measuring circa 75 metres long and up to 12 metres wide. The precise function of the pit is unclear, but it is on a similar orientation to a much longer pit to the south east, which may support the interpretation that it is exploiting a mineral resource seam, perhaps iron ore. It may predate the enclosure of Red Stone Hill, and been divided into two pits by a 19th Century field boundary. It remains visible on aerial photographs of the 1970s. [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 RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4059-60 (13 May 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS-73109 1056 (29 April 1973).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #42587 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488060, Extant 1 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8129 3963 (82m by 22m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW69
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488060

Record last edited

Sep 1 2021 1:08PM

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