MSO7367 - Possible peat cutting site northwest of Horner Gate (Monument)


An alleged rectangular enclosure, noted on aerial photographs, could not be found during field investigation in 1987 and may have been a misinterpretation of peat cutting activities.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Banks forming a roughly rectilinear enclosure northwest of Horner Gate were noted on aerial photographs taken in the 1970s. [1-3] There is nothing to be seen on the ground to sustain the aerial photographs mark of an enclosure as mentioned above. There has been peat cutting on the hill and the mark may be associated with this, though no complete rectilinear turf tye is evident. [4] A study of the archaeology and history of peat exploitation on Exmoor’s moorlands provides additional background on the practice and sites. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS8844.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. HSL/UK/71-177 Run 89, 8670 (September 1971).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA MAM IRFC 13,088 (May 1977).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 16 March 1987.
  • <5> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36132, Extant 15 March 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8872 4467 (101m by 125m)
Map sheet SS84SE

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11852
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE61
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36132
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34430

Record last edited

Mar 15 2022 11:41AM


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