MSO7164 - Lancecombe Mine (Monument)


Lancecombe Mine, an unproductive and shortlived operation of the late 1860s, is visible as the remains of an adit and associated spoil heap. The adit has been infilled and is marked by a slight gulley.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Lancecombe Mine is recorded in the Somerset SMR with Lancecombe deserted farm. [1] A trial level at Lancecombe was opened by the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company in the late 1860s but was unproductive and short-lived. [2] Lancecombe Mine comprises a filled in adit (centred at SS 9435 3586) and an associated spoil heap. The adit lies on the western side of an un-named stream (flowing north-south) and runs approximately west-south-west into the hillside. It is now infilled and is marked by a slight gulley overgrown with gorse. To the south is a flat-topped spoil mound about 25 metres long and 1 metre high. It fills part of the narrow valley floor and is bounded by the stream and a hedge bank on the east and by a marshy area on the west. The stream may have been diverted to accommodate the spoil mound. The mine lies some 25 metres west of the deserted farm of Lancecombe (MSO7175). Lancecombe Mine surveyed at 1:2500 scale, 16 October 97. [3] The trial adit was said to have been so shallow that the miners could be heard working from the kitchen of Lancecombe Farm. [4] A track is shown on the Exton Tithe Map that goes direct to the farm through the mine site. [9] The track mentioned above appears to have been diverted around the mine site, as shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Collection: Somerset County Council. 2009. Somerset County Council Historic Environment Record. PRN 33641.
  • <2> Monograph: Sellick, R.. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway and the Story of the Brendon Hills Iron Mines. David and Charles Limited. Second. 40.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 October 1997.
  • <4> Report: Jones, M.H.. 1995. Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills. P.17.
  • <5> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 4.
  • <6> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9435.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3343.
  • <8> Aerial photograph: September 19. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 95. 8754.
  • <9> Map: 1838. Exton Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SS 9436 3587 (55m by 40m)
Map sheet SS93NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO558
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11299
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NW56
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1101275
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33641

Record last edited

Oct 3 2018 2:59PM


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