MSO7056 - Post-medieval adit and spoil heap at Picked Stones (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval adit with associated spoil heap is said to have been constructed in the 1850s as part of the Picked Stone Mine complex (MSO6931). There are several shallow scoops nearby, probably prospecting pits.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7953 3778, on the eastern side of White Water, is an adit with associated spoil mound. The feature is alleged to have been constructed in the 1850s as part of the Picked Stones Mine complex (MSO6931). [1] The adit is shown, but not described on Ordnance Survey mapping dating to 1889 and 1903. [2, 3] The site consists of a gulley, 8.8 metres long running southsoutheastwards into the hillside. To the northwest is a flat-topped spoil mound, measuring 16 metres by 6.5 metres and 3.2 metres high. Several shallow scoops are visible further up the slope from the adit, and are presumably prospecting pits. [1-5] 8.1.2, SS 7953 3778. An unnamed adit driven eastwards by the Plymouth Company [1] either to prove Rogers lode here or to drain the mine above. The adit was probably very short and the entrance was blocked in 1995. [6] The adit is clearly shown and labelled on 2018 MasterMap data. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. 144.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Somerset sheet 45 10.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1903, Somerset sheet 45 10.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 October 1994.
  • <5> Survey: Picked Stones Mine/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <6> 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. 8.1.2 p20.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46267 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7952 3779 (26m by 35m)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12514
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE44
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029531
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35716

Record last edited

Aug 19 2019 5:00PM

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