MSO7139 - Post-medieval mining activity in The Chains Valley (Monument)


A linear depression with linear spoil heaps on each side was noted during field survey and on aerial photographs. It is possibly a trial trench of late 19th Century date.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7492 4191. A linear trial trench situated on sloping ground to the southwest side of a small headstream to the south of the Chains Valley. It consists of a linear depression, about 30 metres northeast to southwest, 2 metres wide and 0.7 metres deep embanked on both sides by linear spoil heaps each about 4 metres wide and 0.7 metres high. Possibly late 19th Century. [1] Rectified aerial photographs provide a National Grid Reference of SS 7495 4187. [2] The feature is visible on aerial photographs taken in 2017, and in 1946-8. [3,4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 July 1995. [Mapped feature: #31023 ]
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, Somerset HER, 23 October 2002.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Getmapping. 2017. Vertical Aerial Photography of Exmoor National Park.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1044530, Extant 18 January 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12395
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW161
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1044530
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35590



Grid reference Centred SS 7494 4187 (19m by 36m) Corroborated by aerial photographs.
Map sheet SS74SW

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Record last edited

Jan 18 2022 1:53PM


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