MSO7012 - Post-medieval quarries at Little Cornham (Monument)


Post-medieval stone quarries visible as a number of well-defined scoops, with a massive flat-topped spoil heap, The area is marked as "Old Quarries" on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey indicating these were disused by 1889.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7558 3883 on steep south facing slopes on the south side of Little Cornham are the remains of stone quarrying and spoil dumps. The area is depicted and described as "Old Quarries" on the Ordnance Survey 1st Edition mapping of 1889. [1] The quarries cover an area of 1.5 hectares and are visible as a number of well defined scoops up to 2.7 metres deep, with associated spoil dumps. At the foot of the natural slope (SS 7557 3878) is a massive flat topped spoil dump 4.23 metres high.The date of the quarries and the route by which the stone was removed from the site are unclear. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset sheet 44 8.
  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 October 1994.



Grid reference Centred SS 7553 3882 (276m by 115m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12529
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE49
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029600
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35731

Record last edited

Mar 17 2021 2:18PM


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