MSO8961 - Gupworthy New Pit (Monument)

Summary

One of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines, started in 1871. Following closure it was reopened in 1879 and finally closed in 1885. It had a drying house, powder magazine and an engine house.

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Type and Period (5)

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Full Description

`Gupworthy New Pit, disused' is marked on the 6" 1962 and 25" 1904 maps. [1,2] Was one of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines. Started in 1871 and was connected to Gupworthy Old Pit (MSO8962). Siding from railway Closed then re-opened in 1879. Reached depth of 427ft in 1882. Two secondary adits - Skip (SS96443537) and Scotts Field (SS96223547). Also had a drying house and powder magazine. Finally closed in 1885. The engine house is evident as a ruin. [3-5] Located at SS 96283540 is a small elongated spoil heap presumed to be associated with the mine. This was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. [6] The remains of Gupworthy New Pit comprise a very disturbed spoil heap and the site of the shaft, now infilled. The ruins of the engine house were not seen. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93NE.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1904. 25" sheet. 58(1).
  • <3> Monograph: Sellick R. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway. 38, 45.
  • <4> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 4.
  • <5> Unassigned: Dennison, E, Somerset County Council. 22.12.85. Dennison E, SCPD 22.12.1985.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980/3341 11-APR-1947.
  • <7> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. R Wilson-North March 1999 RCHME Field Investigation.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 962 353 (543m by 179m)
Map sheet SS93NE
Civil Parish BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO797
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11081
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE 35
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1127714
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33378

Record last edited

Mar 20 2014 3:26PM

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