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HER Number:MDV102205
Name:Quarries at Speke's Mill Mouth, Hartland


The earthworks above the cliffs at Speke's Mill Mouth identified as small scale quarries may be the remains of Speke's Mill.


Grid Reference:SS 226 236
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, RAF 3G/TUD/UK/158 5059-60 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Earthwork hollows or pits are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1958, RAF 58/2553 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349117.

Earthwork hollows or pits are visible.

Environment Agency, 2007, LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution), LIDAR SS2323 Environment Agency D0076493 24-MAR-2007 (Cartographic). SDV349384.

The earthworks remain visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011-2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

Small scale stone quarries potentially of medieval origin are visible on aerial photographs and Lidar as earthwork scoops or pits incised into the cliff face above the coastal cliffs near Brownspear Point, Hartland. Four or five individual south-west facing quarries of varying size are visible aligned along a roughly north-west to south-east trackway. The quarries range in size from between 5-10 metres wide and up to 12 metres deep. The two north-westernmost quarry earthworks are schematically depicted on the Ordnance Survey first edition 25inch map, indicating that they are at the latest 19th century in date, but probably significantly earlier in origin. It is probable that the quarries were used for small scale stone production, for local industry, such as drystone walling which has a long history in the area.

Watts, S., 2020, Speke's Mill (Ground Photograph). SDV363865.

Earthworks at Speke's Mill Mouth. They are probably the remains of Speke's Mill rather than quarries. They stand about 1.0 metres high. The line of a contour leat can be seen running along the hillside to the south-east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011-2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349117Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1958. RAF 58/2553. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF 3G/TUD/UK/158 5059-60 19-APR-1946.
SDV349384Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2007. LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SS2323 Environment Agency D0076493 24-MAR-2007. [Mapped feature: #61650 ]
SDV363865Ground Photograph: Watts, S.. 2020. Speke's Mill.
Linked images:2

Associated Monuments

MDV81154Related to: Speke's Mill, Hartland (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project (Ref: ACD383/2/1)

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2020 9:18AM