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]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 8844.
  • <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 Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V..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, 16 March 1987.
  • <5> Report: Riley, H.. 2014. Turf Cutting on Exmoor: An archaeological and historical study - project report.



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

Finds (0)

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
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36132
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34430

Record last edited

Mar 4 2020 11:10AM


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