MSO11208 - Post-medieval charcoal burners hut and platform within Mounsey Castle (Monument)


The overgrown ruins of a stone built charcoal burner's shelter and platform were noted during field survey.

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Small rectangular structure with evidence of a chimney. May be a charcoal burners hut. In scheduled area (see MSO9316). [1] The remains of a stone building with adjacent platform behind the southern rampart. This is probably a charcoal burner's shelter: there are several other well preserved charcoal burning platforms in the woods below. The building is recorded in a ruinous state state in 1890 by Page in An Exploration of Exmoor: "the ruins of a small rectangular building about six feet square covered with moss, and beautified by fern." [2] In private ownership. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS82NE. 2.
  • <2> Report: Riley, H.. 1999. Mounsey Castle and Brewer's Castle: Two Iron Age Enclosures in the Barle Valley, Somerset.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN 90138.



Grid reference Centred SS 8859 2949 (39m by 39m)
Map sheet SS82NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33539

Record last edited

Mar 16 2020 2:43PM


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