MMO520 - Post-medieval extraction or prospecting earthworks on North Molton Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A series of hollows and pits are thought to be connected with post-medieval extraction or prospecting and may be part of the New Florence Iron Mine. They appear as flat bottomed hollows up to 2 metres deep quarried into the hillside.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A series of hollows and pits on the southwest facing slopes of North Molton Ridge are thought to be connected with extraction or prospecting and may be part of the New Florence Iron Mine. The features appear as flat bottomed hollows up to 2 metres deep quarried into the hillside. They are most likely post-medieval in date. [1] The largest of the hollows is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs as a roughly linear pit measuring some 55 metres in length. It is aligned approximately east to west, and appears to be following the mineral seam of iron in this area. As such it is most likely part of prospection work associated with New Florence Iron Mine. [2,3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 February 1995.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 416-17 (16 August 1972).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7684 3239 (73m by 41m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73SE
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 60643
  • Devon SMR: SS73SE/582
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE13275
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21701
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE52
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1053896

Record last edited

Mar 28 2017 1:19PM

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