MSO10361 - Post-medieval peat cutting at The Warren (Monument)


A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as numerous small pits, generally 0.2 to 0.3 metres deep, and irregular earthworks on the western end of The Warren, Exmoor, covering an area of approximately 5.5 hectares. The earthworks are centred on approximately SS 7822 4139 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, but for the most part consist of rectangular sunken pits, measuring up to 150 metres long and 40 metres wide. Due to the vast number of pits visible on aerial photographs, only a representative sample has been transcribed, indicating distribution and form. Peat cutting is known to have continued on Exmoor until very recently, and may continue in places. Similar areas are visible to the east and west. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5] Turf pits relating to Warren Farm, [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3158-59 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. P. 47, 143.
  • <3> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. P. 232-33.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #38905 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1475440, Extant 8 June 2021.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wills, G.. Unknown. Location of turf pits within the parishes of Exmoor & Brendon.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2307
  • Local Heritage List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE156
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1475440
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18635



Grid reference Centred SS 7829 4137 (492m by 236m)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Record last edited

Nov 30 2022 4:23PM


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