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

Summary

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 Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.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.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7595 3622 (24m by 86m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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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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