MSO10355 - Quarry, West of Larkbarrow Cottage (Monument)

Summary

A small quarry is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards on the south facing slopes of Long Combe, approximately 400 metres to the southwest of Larkbarrow Cottage.

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Full Description

A small rounded quarry was identified from aerial photographs in 1982. It is estimated to be as much as 2 metres deep with a ragged face on the northwest side. The small spoil mound appears to be cut by a leat. (1) A small quarry or prospecting pit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, on the south facing slopes of Long Combe, approximately 400 metres to the southwest of Larkbarrow Cottage, at circa SS81354269. It is not possible to be sure of the pit's function from aerial photographs alone, but it is one of six quarries visible on aerial photographs in this area on the slopes above Long Combe. However, it is one of only three also marked on the First Edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1889. This would indicate that the quarry is, at the latest, of late 19th century date. One of the larger quarries to the west (at SS 82874110) is reportedly cut by the course of a contour leat of probable mid 19th century date, and therefore can be confidently said to predate it. Although not directly impacted by a leat, this quarry is adjacent to one, the course of which it appears to respect, and it is likely that the quarry recorded here is of similar or later date. (2-4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unassigned: Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. 1982. 05/07/1982.
  • <2> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 3107-8. 08/11/1952.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8135 4269 (10m by 8m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS84SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2510
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1478083
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18629

Record last edited

Oct 23 2013 2:08PM

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