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Monument Number 1488070

Hob Uid: 1488070
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exford
Grid Ref : SS8205639411
Summary : Earthwork pits, possibly the remains of one or more quarries of post-medieval date, are visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork at the head of Rat Combe to the north of Red Stone Gate. The earthworks may in part be natural in origin, possibly hollows extending southwards from Rat Combe. The particular purpose for the excavation of the pit is unclear from the aerial photographs alone.
More information : Earthwork pits, possibly the remains of one or more quarries of post-medieval date, are visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork at the head of Rat Combe to the north of Red Stone Gate, centred on circa SS 82043941.
The earthworks may be divided by, or accessed from, hollow-ways that cross the field to the south.
They abut field boundaries on their northern sides and are probably therefore post-medieval in date, an interpretation supported by their partial depiction on the first edition Ordnance survey map. However, the easternmost pit may in part be natural in origin, possibly hollows extending southwards from Rat Combe.
The purpose for the excavation of the pit is unclear from the aerial photographs alone, but may be related to the construction of the regular 19th century field boundaries around Red Stone Hill. (1-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 106G/UK/1501 (F20) 4060-1 13-MAY-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73109 1055-6 29-APR-1973
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500, 1889
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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 : Quarry, Extractive Pit
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 NW 72
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Related Warden Records :
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