MMO501 - Post-medieval mining remains at Honeymead Two Gates (Monument)
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Type and Period (3)
- None recorded
Ordnance Survey maps of 1889 depict an "old shaft" to the north of Honeymead Two Gates.  The National Grid Reference of the shaft is SS 8049 3933, falling on the northern side of the Simonsbath to Exford road, north of Honeymead Two Gates. This is an area of amorphous earthworks which appear to be associated with spoil from the shaft, and later attempts to fill it in. They form no intelliglible remains, and the shaft could not be confidently identified. [1,2] The site of a post-medieval mine shaft and possible openworks are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, immediately to the north of Honeymead Two Gates, at circa SS 8048 3934. The possible openworks are visible as earthwork trenches, either two circa 2 metres wide and about 12 metres long, aligned end to end on a northwestern orientation, or one long trench circa 26 metres long, crossed by a central causeway. The trenches area flanked on both sides by spoil heaps up to 5 metres wide. The location of the old mine shaft may be visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s as a small depression, circa 2 to 3 metres to the east of the openworks. The earthworks have been largely levelled by 1973, which may account for their amorphous appearance when visited by . [3-6] 8.1.7, SS 8050 3933. Honeymead Two Gates shaft may have been sunk by the Plymouth Iron Company  but no details are known. The shaft was noted to be filled in 1995, with an openwork trench running north to south to the west.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 46(6).
- <2> SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 August 1995.
- <3> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4058-9 (13 May 1946).
- <4> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F63) 164-5 (27 April 1964).
- <5> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 1054-5 (29 April 1973).
- <6>XY SMO7574 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #43172 ]
- <7> SEM7230 Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 144.
- <8> SEM7068 Report: Exmoor Mines Research Group. 1995. Report on the safety condition of disused mine workings on lands owned by Exmoor National Park Department and other lands nearby. 8.1.7 p21.
- <9> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1046479, Extant 23 August 2021.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8048 3934 (41m by 46m) Aerial Survey|
|Civil Parish||EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1046479 (Pastscape entry: 1046479)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12350
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7141
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW53
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1046479
- Somerset SMR PRN: 35538
Record last edited
Aug 23 2021 8:15PM
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