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Monument Number 915390

Hob Uid: 915390
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Martinhoe
Grid Ref : SS6764047020
Summary : The probable trial shaft for ironstone is indicated by slight earthworks.
More information : SS 6764 4702. The site of un-named mine workings on the southern part of Martinhoe Common. According to Claughton (1) these probably represent trial diggings for iron exploration.

The site is depicted in open heathland on the 1904 Ordnance Survey map (2). It is shown as a roughly circular enclosure containing an adit and spoil symbol annotated 'Old Trial Level' at SS 6764 4702. Some 20m to the south-west at SS 6763 4700, is a circle contained within it a square enclosure annotated 'Old Trial Shaft'. They are not shown on the earlier 1890 edition (3) so may not have been in existence then. This area was ploughed in 1945 (4) and is at present rough grazing land. There is now no trace of the shaft but on the site of the level, at about 285m OD, is a hollow circular area about 5m diameter and 0.4m deep with a slight irregular raised stony area, 0.3m high, adjacent to the west side.

Position of Level confirmed by survey. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Claughton P.F. 1993 A List of Mines in North Devon and West Somerset.
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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1904 1:2500 Devon Sheet 6:3.
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1890 1:2500 Devon Sheet 6:3.
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Bridle H. 1991 Woody Bay
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Sainsbury IS 12-Jul-93 RCHME Field Investigation.
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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 : Ironstone Workings, Mine Shaft
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 64 NE 47
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Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31