MSO11052 - The Fortescue Monument at Drybridge Combe (Monument)


The 20th Century Fortescue Monument is a memorial to one of the Fortescue family.

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Full Description

A small mound is located in line with a bank from former mining activity. [1] This feature is marked as a "Cairn" on the 1980 Ordnance Survey mapping. [3] This is annotated as "Monument" on more recent Ordnance Survey maps. [4] This is the Fortescue Monument, often known as the Fortescue cairn; it is a 20th Century memorial to Sir John William Fortescue (1859 -1938). He was a statesman, military historian and a naturalist writer, the author of 'The Story of a Red Deer'. The Fortescue family owned the Exmoor estate until the 1990s. [5, 6] The plaque reads "JOHN WILLIAM FORTESCUE / HISTORIAN OF THE BRITISH ARMY / 1859 - 1933". [7] The cairn is shown on modern MasterMap data. [8] The cairn is visible on aerial photographs taken in 2021 as a substantial stone structure. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 7537.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. LHL CPE/UK/1980 3451 (April 1947).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000. SS73NE.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, 31 January 2001.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. R Wilson-North, Exmoor National Park Archaeologist, 1 February 2001.
  • <6> Monograph: Siraut, M.. Royal Forest, Exmoor: A guide to the Royal Forest of Exmoor. Exmoor National Park Authority. 35.
  • <7> Report: Blaylock, S.. 2017. Historic buildings survey of Simonsbath House Hotel, Simonsbath, Exmoor. DSC_5466-5468, 6227, 6228, 6230, 6233, Photographic archive.
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap.
  • <9>XY Aerial photograph: Aerial Photography for Great Britain. 2021. Vertical aerial photography. [Mapped feature: #47995 ]

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Proposed)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33191



Grid reference Centred SS 7596 3802 (6m by 6m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Record last edited

Jun 14 2022 12:56PM


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