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MSO8973 - Withiel Hill Pit (previously Florey Hill mine)

ENPHER Number:MSO8973
Name:Withiel Hill Pit (previously Florey Hill mine)
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 991 350

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One of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines. It was opened in 1865 and closed 1877.

Monument Types

  • IRONSTONE MINE (AD 19th Century - 1865 AD to 1877 AD (Unclassified))
  • MINE SHAFT (AD 19th Century - 1865 AD to 1877 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status: none recorded


"Withiel Hill pit, disused" is marked on the 6" map. It was one of the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company mines and was previously called Florey Hill mine. It was opened in 1865 and closed 1877. "Withiel Hill pit, disused" is marked on the Ordnance Survey 6" map of 1962. [1-3]

"Level (disused)" printed at ST00263360 on OS 1:10,000 map. [4]

"Old level"printed on OS 6" map. [5]

All mine workings have been levelled by ploughing. [6]

A second shaft at SS 99353517 has been filled and levelled by ploughing. A adit conneced to the shafts might have been located at circa SS 99633469. [7]

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

<2> Sellick R, 1970, The West Somerset Mineral Railway, 41 (Monograph). SSO1911.

<3> Bryant T.C, 1980, The Hollow Hills of Brendon, 6 (Monograph). SSO815.

<4> Ordnance Survey, 1977, 1:10,000 ST03SW (Map). SSO1456.

<5> Ordnance Survey, 1904, 6" sheet 58NW (Map). SSO1567.

<6> The Hartley Conservation Partnership + David Sekers Consulting Partnership, 2004, West Somerset Mineral Railway Conservation Plan, P.32 (Report). SEM6860.

<7> Jones, M.H., 1995, Report on Proposed Low-Key Visitor Access to Industrial Sites on the Brendon Hills, P.14 (Report). SEM7005.

Related records

MEM15346Parent of: 19th Century adit at Withiel Hill Pit (Monument)
MMO1126Parent of: Guerney Level (Monument)
MEM15345Parent of: Shaft at Withiel Hill Pit (Monument)

Other References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11126
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE 48
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1128043
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33424
Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2014 3:26PM


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