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Monument Number 1492884

Hob Uid: 1492884
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7750134692
Summary : A large area of peat cutting, of probable post medieval date, is visible as numerous small pits and irregular earthworks on moorland south of Long Holcombe, 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 13 hectares. The earthworks are centred on SS 7746 3472 and are of a variety of shapes and sizes, from square pits measuring 4 metres across, to less regularly shaped, curved pits up to 40 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 north on Long Holcombe (1-2).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73086 764-65 17-APR-1973
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Source Number : 2
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 SE 98
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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