MSO12685 - Medieval or post-medieval peat cuttings on Hadborough (Monument)


An area of shallow abandoned peat cuttings, surviving as low earthworks but only clearly seen from the air.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An extensive area of peat workings identified from aerial photographs and barely traceable on the ground. They appear as a series of linear trenches approximately 80 metres long and covering an area 800 metres east to west by 350 metres north to south. Only fragmentary scarps (0.3 metres high) and vegetation changes mark the positions of some on the ground. They may be medieval in origin but are more likely to be post-medieval in date. [1] A series of mounds (MSO8997) may be associated with the peat cuttings. [2] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: Wilson-North, R.. 1998. Haddon Hill, Brompton Regis, Somerset: An archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 13 December 2012.
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.



Grid reference Centred SS 962 287 (874m by 365m)
Map sheet SS92NE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35898

Record last edited

Mar 10 2021 3:19PM


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