MSO8727 - Post-medieval charcoal burning platform in Great Birchcleeve Wood (Monument)


A charcoal burning platform, almost circular in form and measuring 5 metres by 4.6 metres, is believed to be of post-medieval date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A charcoal burning platform lies in Great Birchcleeve Wood centred at SS 8703 3040, half way up the steep, oak-wooded slope rising from the River Barle to the northeast. The platform is almost circular and measures 5 metres across the slope by 4.6 metres and is cut into slight natural levelling. Around the site there is a large amount of animal burrowing. The surrounding wood contains evidence of ancient coppicing. There are other similar platforms in both Great and Little Birchcleeve Woods (MSO8725, MSO8726). [1] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1>XY Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 February 1995. [Mapped feature: #47096 ]
  • <2> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1028660, Extant 1 February 2022.



Grid reference SS 8703 3040 (point)
Map sheet SS83SE
Historic Parish HAWKRIDGE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12572
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 SE47
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1028660
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35779

Record last edited

Feb 1 2022 4:05PM


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