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Monument Number 1461103

Hob Uid: 1461103
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7655445672
Summary : A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks covering an area of approximately 20 hectares on Shilstone Hill, Brendon parish.
More information : A large area of peat cutting, of probable post-medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks covering an area of approximately 20 hectares on Shilstone Hill, Brendon parish, centred approximately on SS 76354568. The cutting is most concentrated on the summit of Shilstone Hill, continuing along a spur to the north-east at a lesser concentration. The individual pits display a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits less than 3 metres square, to less regularly shaped pits often displaying curved boundaries, approaching 20 metres across. Due to the great number of pits visible on the aerial photographs, only a representative selection has been transcribed, indicating distribution and form. Peat cutting is known to have continued on Exmoor until very recently and may still occur in places. Three similar areas are visible to the south and east on Brendon Common (NMR UID ????).(1-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4072-4 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72065 199-200 15-APR-1972
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Source Number : 3
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Riley, H. & Wilson-North, R. 2001 The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. Ghent, English Heritage.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Peat Cutting
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : 20th Century
Monument End Date : 2000
Monument Start Date : 1901
Monument Type : Peat Cutting
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NE 84
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Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01