MSO10382 - 19th Century quarry or prospecting pit at Long Combe (Monument)

Summary

A small quarry or prospecting pit of possible 19th Century date is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.

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Full Description

A small steep sided and deep quarried depression is cut into the hill slope on the south side of Long Combe, to the south of the large quarry (MSO10356). There is a ragged face on the up slope side under the field bank. The depth is about 3 metres. On the down slope side, the upper leat on the south side of Long Combe (MSO7046) has been constructed across the edge of this feature. (1) A small quarry or prospecting pit is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, on the higher north facing slopes of Long Combe, centred at circa SS 8114 4276, approximately 475 metres to the southwest of Larkbarrow Cottage. The pit is roughly circular or oval in shape with a diameter of approximately 7 metres, although its southern edge is obscured by a field boundary. It is not possible to be sure of the pit's date or function from aerial photographs alone. A larger pit about 10 metres to the north is marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map as a quarry. However, it is one of at least six similarly sized pits visible in this area, one of which, also marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, has been identified on the ground as a mineral prospecting pit. This may support the interpretation that the pit is possibly of late 19th Century date. Further fieldwork is necessary to determine the feature's function. [2-4] 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]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Unassigned: Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. 1982. [No title]. 22 July 1982.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 3107-8 (8 November 1952).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184. [Mapped feature: #38229 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1478104, Extant 14 July 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8114 4276 (9m by 7m) 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): MMO2513
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW262
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1478104
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 18790

Record last edited

Jul 14 2021 9:53AM

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