MSO10470 - Medieval or post-medieval quarry at Embercombe Head (Monument)


A post-medieval quarry is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs and shown on historic mapping.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large quarry cut into the slopes at the head of Embercombe. Two sub-circular areas, very irregularly cut. Shown on 1890s Ordnance Survey map. [1] One of two quarries of medieval or post-medieval date at Embercombe Head, Wilmersham Common, is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The quarry is centred on circa SS 8608 4166. It is marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1884 as an old quarry and therefore might have passed out of use by this date. The quarries have been recorded as their form differs from that drawn on both the old and current base maps. The easternmost quarry in particular is larger in size and may have continued in use into the 20th Century. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1884.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 949-51 29 April 1973.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.



Grid reference Centred SS 8606 4165 (67m by 45m)
Map sheet SS84SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE143
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1473215
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 22796

Record last edited

Mar 4 2020 4:36PM


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