MSO7053 - Post-medieval adit and spoil heap at Picked Stones (Monument)


A post-medieval adit and associated spoil mound. This may be part of the Wheal Eliza Mine (MSO6802), but may equally be associated with Picked Stones Mine (MSO6931).

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7951 3787 is an adit with an associated spoil heap. It lies close to the western bank of White Water, and comprises a gulley 12 metres long, running northwest to southeast into the hillside. The adit opening which is now covered over, lies at the northwestern end. To the southeast is a low, irregular shaped, flat-topped spoil mound, measuring some 16 metres by 9 metres. A platform, measuring 6.2 metres by 4.6 metres lies on the southern side of the adit gulley. Its purpose is unclear. The adit is alleged by Burton (1989) to be part of the Wheal Eliza Mine (MSO6802), but it may equally be associated with Picked Stones Mine (MSO6931). This was surveyed as part of the Picked Stones Mine complex. [1-3] 6.4.4, SS 7951 3787. An unnamed adit on the western side of White Water may have been an exploratory level driven by the Wheal Eliza adventurers [1]. In 1995 the adit was blocked by a roof fall 25 metres from the entrance, which itself was blocked. [4] The adit is depicted and labelled on 2018 MasterMap data. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 134.
  • <2> Survey: Picked Stones Mine/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 October 1994.
  • <4> Report: Exmoor Mines Research Group. 1995. Report on the safety condition of disused mine workings on lands owned by Exmoor National Park Department and other lands nearby. 6.4.4 p17.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.



Grid reference Centred SS 7950 3786 (19m by 24m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12513
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE41
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029508
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35715

Record last edited

Aug 19 2019 3:56PM


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