MMO481 - Possible post-medieval pond on East Pinford (Monument)


A circular water-filled hollow surrounded by a well-defined turf-covered stony bank, is probably a post medieval pond and is visible as an earthwork. It lies within an area of extensive 19th century drainage channels, and may be related to this activity.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7978 4202 is a feature, depicted on the 1981 Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 scale mapping.It comprises a circular water-filled hollow, 17.5m in diameter and 3.5m deep (to surface of water). It is surrounded by a well-defined turf-covered stony bank 0.6m high and 3m wide. Its isolated position and the lack of apparent access renders its interpretation speculative. [1] The circular hollow described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs; however, the surrounding bank is not apparent, and may be obscured by vegetation. The feature lies within an area of extensive post medieval drainage channels, believed to be part of the land improvement attempts by the Knight family during the mid-19th century, and may well be associated with this activity [2, 3].

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. Wilson-North W R 09-AUG-1994 RCHME Field Investigation..
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 133-34 12-MAR-1995.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #44089 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7977 4201 (17m by 18m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7099
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE119
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1039117

Record last edited

Mar 20 2018 3:31PM


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