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Monument Number 1473484

Hob Uid: 1473484
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Luccombe
Grid Ref : SS8938643413
Summary : A small circular platform above the wooded valley slopes of Cloutsham Ball is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. It is possible this small terrace is the remains of a charcoal burning platform which produced fuel for the medieval or post-medieval production of Iron in Horner Wood.
More information : A circular platform approximately 10 metres in diameter is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 89384341 above the wooded valley slopes of Cloutsham Ball. It is possible this small terrace is evidence for the burning of wood for charcoal, for use as fuel in medieval or post-medieval Iron production. Such platforms were cut into the slopes of heavily wooded valleys to allow the controlled burning of wood close to the source of timber. This platform may have been used to produce fuel for the sixteenth century smelting site approximately 550 metres to the north-east in Horner wood (UID 1084555). (1, 2)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 F20 3207-8 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/79013 260-1 17-APR-1979
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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 : Charcoal Burning Platform
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SE 163
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1084555
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01