MSO7071 - Post-medieval prospecting trench east of Emmett's Grange (Monument)


A probable prospecting pit, visible on aerial photographs taken in 1996 as a linear gulley with an associated spoil heap. This is not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, indicating the feature was disused by 1901.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7597 3624 is a linear hollow or gulley running up and down the steep natural slopes on the southern side of Kinsford Water, east of Emmett's Grange. The feature appears to be a prospecting trench or openwork. It is 88 metres long and 6 metres wide and has a spoil bank on the western side. [1, 2] The prospecting pit described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Project in 2008. It cuts through several post-medieval drainage ditches, indicating it post dates this activity, and therefore most likely dates to the latter part of the 19th century. [3, 4] The earthwork is depicted, but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, indicating the feature was disused by 1901. [5] SS 7595 3618, SS 7596 3627. A substantial prospecting trench had already been identified. Its relationship with the two drainage ditches (see MEM24154) that cross/abut it suggest it pre dates the drainage of the moor. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. RCHME Field Investigation, 28 October 1994.
  • <2> Survey: SS 73 NE 59-61, Ink Survey. 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 69-70 (30 March 1996).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <6> Report: Bray, L., Green, T., Wapshott, E. + Walls, S.. 2011. Emmett's Grange, Exmoor, Somerset: Management plan and archaeological assessment. Appendix 1, p40.



Grid reference Centred SS 7595 3622 (24m by 86m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO464
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12541
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE61
  • National Park: Exmoor
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1029759
  • Report Site Reference: 382 SEM7641
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35743

Record last edited

Apr 25 2018 6:15PM


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