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MSO8961 - Gupworthy New Pit

ENPHER Number:MSO8961
Name:Gupworthy New Pit
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 962 353
Parish:BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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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.

Monument Types

  • DRYING HOUSE (AD 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1885 AD (Unclassified))
  • ENGINE HOUSE (AD 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1885 AD (Unclassified))
  • IRONSTONE MINE (AD 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1885 AD (Unclassified))
  • POWDER MAGAZINE (AD 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1885 AD (Unclassified))
  • SPOIL HEAP (AD 19th Century - 1871 AD to 1885 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status: none recorded

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]


<1> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1962, 6" SS93NE (Map). SSO1627.


<2> Ordnance Survey, 1904, 25" sheet, 58(1) (Map). SSO1535.


<3> Sellick R, 1970, The West Somerset Mineral Railway, 38, 45 (Monograph). SSO1911.


<4> Bryant T.C, 1980, The Hollow Hills of Brendon, 4 (Monograph). SSO815.


<5> Dennison, E, Somerset County Council, 22.12.85, Untitled Source, Dennison E, SCPD 22.12.1985 (Unassigned). SSO1004.


<6> Vertical Aerial Photograph, RAF CPE/UK/1980/3341 11-APR-1947 (Aerial photograph). SMO4068.


<7> RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS93NE (Collection). SMO6673.


<8> Wilson-North, R., Field Investigators Comments, R Wilson-North March 1999 RCHME Field Investigation (Unpublished document). SMO7329.

Related records

MEM15216Parent of: Gupworthy Mine Powder Magazine (Monument)
MEM15361Parent of: Mine shaft at Gupworthy New Pit (Monument)
MEM15366Parent of: Mine shaft at Gupworthy New Pit (Monument)
MEM15365Parent of: Ventilation Shaft at Gupworthy New Pit (Monument)
MSO8962Related to: Gupworthy Old Pit (Monument)

Other References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO797
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11081
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE 35
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1127714
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33378
Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2014 3:26PM

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