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Monument Number 1492119

Hob Uid: 1492119
Location :
Somerset
West Somerset
Withypool And Hawkridge, Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS8189234158
Summary : Peat cuttings of probable post-medieval date can be seen as earthworks and cropmarks on aerial photographs, following the highest elevation on the commons from Withypool Common to Humbers Ball. Evidence for extraction can be seen over an area in excess of 200 hectares or two square kilometres, with particular concentrations in seven discrete areas. It is possible that these foci indicate areas of extraction operated by different families.
More information : Peat cuttings of probable post-medieval date can be seen as earthworks and cropmarks on aerial photographs, following the highest elevation on the commons from Withypool Common to Humbers Ball.
The visibility of peat cuttings on aerial photographs is extremely changeable, altering with variables such as season and rainfall. Although actual cuttings or pits cannot be seen over the entire area, disturbed ground surfaces and vegetation indicative of peat extraction can be seen over an area in excess of 200 hectares or two square kilometres.
The greatest concentration of peat cuttings visible as earthworks or cropmarks or other changes in vegetation can be seen in seven discrete areas, centred on circa SS 81713530, SS 81273468, SS 80673444, SS 82143429, SS 82433401, SS 82643362 and SS 83063315.
It is possible that these foci indicate areas of extraction operated by different families.
Similar but less extensive peat workings can be seen to the south-west across Danes Brook at Litton. (1-6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4363-5 11-APR-1947
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Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3365-6 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 3
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Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 3289-91 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 4
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Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4252-3 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 5
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Source details : NMR RAF 543/2821 (F61) 0164-5 27-APR-1964
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Source Number : 6
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Source details : NMR RAF 543/2821 (F61) 0256-7 27-APR-1964
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Peat Cutting
Evidence : Earthwork
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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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SW 122
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01