MSO8968 - Baker's Pit (Monument)


Baker's Pit was owned by the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company though it primarily worked manganese, and closed in approximately 1883. Workings reached a depth of 200ft with 6 levels.

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"Baker's Pit, disused" is marked on the 6" and 25" maps. [1,2] It was one of many mines owned by the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company but primarily worked manganese. Workings reached a depth of 200ft with 6 levels and closed with the other Gupworthy mines in circa 1883. [3] Nothing remains of the engine house. The shafts are fenced off and overgrown but are believed to still open. [5] Located at SS 9680 3520 is a small area of disturbed ground visible as low undulating earthworks which are the remains of mining activity associated with the above mentioned ironstone mine known as Bakers Pit. [6] The site was seen as an earthwork and mapped from aerial photographs. [7,8] Site of Baker's Pitt and former Winding Engine can be seen from WSMR trackbed. [9] The shaft was described as being approximately 60 metres deep in 1995. The remains of Baker's Pit lie in an improved pasture field. The shafts are open and are fenced around. An adjacent spoil heap is visible as a very smoothed and ploughed down mound. [11] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560. SS93NE.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1904, 58(1).
  • <3> Monograph: Sellick, R.. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway and the Story of the Brendon Hills Iron Mines. David and Charles Limited. Second. 40, 45, 59.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1974. 25 inch map. 1:2,500.
  • <5> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 5.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, SCPD, 19 December 1985.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944/2149 (23 January 1947).
  • <8> Collection: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE.
  • <9> Report: The Hartley Conservation Partnership + David Sekers Consulting Partnership. 2004. West Somerset Mineral Railway Conservation Plan. P.24.
  • <10> Aerial photograph: 1994. DAP WD31.
  • <11> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, March 1999.
  • <12> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1127870, Extant 25 April 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 968 352 (168m by 130m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO800
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11121
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE43
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1127870
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33419

Record last edited

Apr 25 2022 2:09PM


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