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HER Number:MDV102817
Name:Quarry or mine south of Diddywell


A quarry pit is visible as an earthwork from 1946 and partially as a cropmark from 1965. Any quarry here would probably predate the late nineteenth century. Earthworks and below ground remains are likely to survive.


Grid Reference:SS 454 297
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNortham
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • TRIAL PIT? (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

No quarry or earthworks are depicted in this location.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1420, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4234-4235 15-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349553.

An irregularly shaped earthwork pit is visible.

Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1965, MAL/65061, NMR MAL/61065 164-165 01-JUL-1965 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349624.

A pit is visible as an earthwork with some scrub growth on the west and a dark irregular cropmark on the east.

Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4529 05-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

A pit is visible as an earthwork, with scrub growth on the western side.

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

An irregularly shaped elongated pit and bank, aligned approximately east to west and circa 7 by 60 metres in plan, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs between 1946 and 2007. By 1965 the field it was located in had been divided up and part of the earthwork had been ploughed, with a dark cropmark forming over the pit. The feature is interpreted as a possible post-medieval or modern quarry pit and spoilheap, perhaps from exploitation of culm measures as is in evidence on the east side of the Taw estuary, or for stone as at Hubbastone Quarry, or even associated with exploratory tin and silver mining activity in the nineteenth century (see MDV19491). No earthworks are depicted in this location on the late nineteenth century mapping, and it is likely that the pit had fallen out of use well before this time. Although scrubbed up, the earthwork is likely to survive, albeit in a reduced form on the eastern side.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4529 05-MAY-2007.
SDV349553Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4234-4235 15-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #62315 ]
SDV349624Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1965. MAL/65061. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/61065 164-165 01-JUL-1965.

Associated Monuments

MDV19491Related to: Hubbastone Mine (Monument)
MDV57773Related to: Hubbastone Quarry (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2012 4:43PM