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Monument Number 1487437

Hob Uid: 1487437
Location :
Somerset West and Taunton
Grid Ref : SS7680537558
Summary : A large area of peat cutting, of probable post medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks on moorland around Deer Park and Little Halscombe, Exmoor. It is not clear whether the peat was extracted for domestic fuel, or for turfing enclosure walls. The cuttings were most likely abandoned in the late 19th or 20th century.
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 81 hectares on Deer Park and parts of Little Halscombe, Exmoor. The earthworks are centred on SS 7687 3757 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits measuring 12 metres across, to less regularly shaped, curved pits up to 75 metres across. 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 west on Burcombe, and to the south on Long Holcombe (1-2).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/2821 (F62) 171-72 27-APR-1964
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Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Burton, R.A. 1989 "The Heritage of Exmoor" Maslands Ltd, Tiverton, 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

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 135
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Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01