MMO3224 - Medieval or post-medieval extractive pit southeast of Holywell Reservoir (Monument)


A small circular depression is visible on aerial photographs. It may date to the medieval or post-medieval period, and may be associated to several adits and trial pits relating to iron extraction in the area.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular depression is visible on aerial photographs east of Holywell Reservoir, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7633 3076, the quarry is visible as two small circular depressions, measuring 8 and 19 metres respectively. It is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned some time prior to publication in 1891. It most likely dates to the post medieval period, although it may also be medieval in origin. There is no indication as to what was extracted here, but there are several adits and trial pits in the area related to the New Florence Iron Mine. [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. RAF 106G/UK/1420 3278-79 (15 April 1946).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1891.
  • <3>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195. [Mapped feature: #47560 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1482802, Extant 29 September 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7633 3077 (35m by 36m)
Map sheet SS73SE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE83
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1492802

Record last edited

Oct 11 2021 12:39PM


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