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HER Number:MDV114973
Name:Pit and Spoilheap West of the Honiton Tunnel

Summary

A fan shaped pit and similarly shaped large mounds of earth, probably a quarry pit and spoil associated with the excavation of the Honiton Tunnel, built in the mid-19th century, were visible as earthworks on digital images derived from lidar data, to the north and south of the track to the east of the western entrance to the tunnel.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 179 013
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHoniton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHONITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD? to 1860 AD? (Between))
  • SPOIL HEAP (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD? to 1860 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

A small section of the probable spoil heap was depicted. The majority was planted as a plantation.


Environment Agency, 1998-2014, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution), LIDAR ST1701 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 30-SEP-2014 (Cartographic). SDV359177.

A fan shaped pit and mound were visible.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2016-2018, The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV359463.

A fan shaped pit and two similarly shaped large mounds of earth were visible as earthworks on digital images derived from lidar data to the south and north of the track to the east of the western entrance to the Honiton Tunnel.
It is probable that the visible earthworks were associated with the excavation of the Honiton Tunnel, built in the mid-19th century, or cuttings approaching it. Linear earthworks within the pit might be evidence of vehicle tracking. The spoilheaps were probably planted as plantations following the completion of the works, as depicted on the Ordnance Survey 25inch First Edition map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359177Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2014. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR ST1701 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 30-SEP-2014. [Mapped feature: #74298 ]
SDV359463Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2016-2018. The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7508 - The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Ref: ACD1228)

Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2018 12:49PM