MMO561 - Luckyard Wood Mine (Monument)


Two blocked adits, part of an iron mine, are somewhat obscured by spoil dumping.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Somerset SMR records two blocked adits at SS 9236 3600 and SS 9242 3600. [1] The adits were one of the trial areas of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company but no records survive pertaining to the adits. [2] The remains of the two adits are difficult to locate. They lie at the foot of steep north facing slopes south of South Quarme farm. The most westerly one, centred at SS 92352 36005, lies in Luckyard Wood and has been obscured by dumped material following woodland clearance (information from farmer). However, it survives as a gulley running south-east into the hillside for 8 m with a spoil bank 2 m high on its northern side. To the west is a flat-topped spoil dump, protruding from beneath a modern track. This feature is depicted as spoil on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition 25" mapping of 1889 (source 2), although the adit itself is not shown. The easterly adit is also depicted on source 2 as a gulley running into the hillside with a spoil dump on its downslope side. The site of the adit is in a pasture field presumably cleared from the former woodland. It is not visible on the ground, but its NGR derived from its position on source 2 is at SS 92430 36014. The spoil mound is still visible, and survives a pronounced linear mound 2.6 m high and about 23 m long. [3,4] The spoil mound and gulley described by the previous authorities were seen as earthworks and mapped during the Brendon Hills Mapping Project. [5,6]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 4.
  • <2> Monograph: Sellick R. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway. 41.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset 46.15.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. R Wilson-North 4 Nov 1997 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <5> Archive: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 NW. AF1129721.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4343-4 11-APR-1947.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Somerset CC SMR 29 Sep 1986.



Grid reference Centred SS 9234 3598 (313m by 151m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS93NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11806
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7177
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW36
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1089202
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34382

Record last edited

Apr 3 2018 1:31PM


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