MSO7611 - Woodcombe Higher Reservoir (Monument)


The reservoir is shown on historic mapping but was only visible in 1997 as an overgrown platform about 17 metres long.

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A building is depicted on the most recent Ordnance Survey 1:2500 mapping at SS 9490 4745. At this National Grid Reference is a building platform. It is now overgrown and difficult to identify, but has an overall length of 17 metres. Recorded as part of RCHME fieldwork on the Exmoor National Park holding on North Hill. [1,2] A post-medieval building platform is visible as a rectangular platform at the head of Woodcombe. The platform measures approximately 17 metres in length by 4 metres wide and is orientated northwest to southeast. [3-5] The 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey depicts a slight earthwork (possibly a platform) in this location. [6] No feature is recorded here on the Minehead Tithe Map. [7] A rectangular area is shown here as partitioned off on the 2020 MasterMap data. [8] "Woodcombe Higher Reservoir" is depicted and labelled on the 25 inch 1929 3rd Edition Ordnance Survey map. [9] The reservoir is also depicted and labelled on the 6 inch 1904 2nd Edition map. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Report: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 1997. The field archaeology of North Hill: An archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park holding.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 13 November 1997.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3009-3010 (11 July 1946).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS-79013 164-165 (17 April 1979).
  • <5> Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Map: 1843. Minehead Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <8>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #39997 ]
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1929. County Series, 3rd Edition 25 inch map. 1:25,000.
  • <10> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1904.



Grid reference Centred SS 9491 4744 (25m by 24m)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO647
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12437
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW98
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1102301
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35637

Record last edited

Nov 25 2020 9:37AM


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