MMO802 - California Iron Mine / Higher Goosemoor Mine (Monument)

Summary

California iron mine was one of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines and was also known as the Higher Goosemoor mine. It opened in 1865, was extended in 1879 and closed in 1883.

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Full Description

California iron mine was one of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines and was also known as the Higher Goosemoor mine. It opened in 1865, was extended in 1879 and closed in 1883. [1-5] The remains of a small spoil tip associated with the California Ironstone Mine. The tip is located at SS9570 3550 and comprises a lobed tip with a narrow tail of material measuring 125m in total length. The remains were seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. [6] The site of the California mine shaft is now visible only as a small depression at circa SS 95543557. [8] Circular bank or wall at shaft head. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 6" 1962.
  • <2> Monograph: Sellick R. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway. 40, 44-7, 54.
  • <3> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 4.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3341, 3343.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 95. 8754.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1944 2151-2 23-JAN-1947.
  • <7> Archive: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 NE. AF1133887.
  • <8> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1995. Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills. 17.
  • <9> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9435, 9535.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9564 3554 (276m by 127m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS93NE
Civil Parish EXTON, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11298
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7186
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE50
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1128050
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1166273
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33640

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Dec 3 2018 1:21PM

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