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Monument Number 1475440

Hob Uid: 1475440
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7829141376
Summary : A large area of peat cutting, of probable post medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks at the western end of The Warren, Exmoor. The cuttings were most likely abandoned in the late 19th or 20th century. It is not clear whether the peat was extracted for domestic fuel purposes, or for turfing enclosure walls.
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 on the western end of The Warren, Exmoor, covering an area of approximately 5.5 hectares. The earthworks are centred on approximately SS 7822 4139 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, but for the most part consist of rectangular sunken pits, measuring up to 150 metres long and 40 metres wide. Due to the vast number of pits visible on aerial photographs, only a representative sample has been transcribed, indicating distribution and form. Peat cutting is known to have continued on Exmoor until very recently, and may continue in places. Similar areas are visible to the east and west (1-3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3158-59 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 2
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R. 2001 "The Field Archaeology of Exmoor" Swindon, English Heritage page(s) 47, 143
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Source Number : 3
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Burton, R.A. 1989 "The Heritage of Exmoor" Tiverton, Maslands Ltd., page(s) 232-33
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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 SE 156
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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