MSO7067 - Post-medieval adit on Drybridge Combe (Monument)


An adit on the eastern side of Drybridge Combe, consisting of a rock cut opening into a tunnel, with the remains of a spoil dump extending down the slope.

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An adit is depicted on the eastern side of Drybridge combe by Burton. Centred at SS 7591 3856 on the eastern side of Drybridge Combe, the adit consists of a rock-cut opening 1.5 metres wide and 1.5 metres high and facing east. The opening gives access to a tunnel which contains water and is therefore inaccessible. Its extent and dimensions were not ascertained. To the west of the opening is a gulley 2.7 metres deep, which may be partly natural in origin, but has been deepened to facilitate access to the adit. The remains of a spoil dump extend down the steep natural slopes to the west. [1-3] 6.1.10, SS 7591 3856. Unnamed adit at the foot of Drybridge Combe. An adit thought to have been driven by Schneider and Hannay on the Woolcombe vein, and likely abandoned in November 1856. The adit turns south from eastwards inside. [4] The feature is visible on 2018 Ordnance Survey MasterMap data. [5] Site 21, Unnamed adit at the foot of Drybridge Combe, SS 75927 38545. The site was visited in 2010 and its location recorded using GPS. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Survey: Wilson-North, R. and Chapman, H.. 1994. Blue Gate mining complex/ink survey. 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <2> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. (map at back).
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. 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. 6.1.10 p15.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #40745 Unnamed adit at the foot of Drybridge Combe, Site 21 (6.1.10)]
  • <6> Unpublished document: Harley, M.. 2010. Disused Mine Workings within the Authority's Estate. Site 21.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1029696, Extant 17 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7590 3855 (29m by 15m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12537
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE57
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1029696
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35739

Record last edited

Nov 17 2021 4:07PM


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