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Monument Number 1478164

Hob Uid: 1478164
Location :
Somerset West and Taunton
Grid Ref : SS8263042960
Summary : A possible area of peat cutting of probable 19th century date can be seen as an irregularly shaped rectilinear pit on the north-west facing slopes at Madacombe. This is one of four discrete but possibly associated areas of extraction visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.
More information : A possible area of peat cutting of probable 19th century date can be seen an irregularly shaped large pit centred on circa SS 82634296. The pit is approximately 9 metres wide and 73 long, orientated roughly ENE-WSW. It is probably contemporary with much more extensive areas of cutting to the north and south, by shares more characteristics with the cuttings to the north, in that it may represent sustained and cumulative peat extraction.
In total, this area of peat cutting covers around 3 hectares of common land.
The heyday of peat cutting on Exmoor was in the first half of the nineteenth century, although cutting probably took place on a smaller scale from the medieval period well into the twentieth century. (1-2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 4103-5 08-NOV-1952
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Source Number : 2
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Burton, R.A. 1989 The Heritage of Exmoor. Barnstaple, R.A.Burton
Page(s) : 72, 232-3
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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

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 268
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Related Warden Records :
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Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1477983
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01