MSO8961 - Gupworthy New Pit (Monument)


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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`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 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R..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.



Grid reference Centred SS 962 353 (543m by 179m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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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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