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HER Number:MDV125327
Name:Extractive pits on Windmill Hill, Torquay

Summary

A group of cropmarks visible on aerial photographs taken between 1946 and 2018 are interpreted as having formed over extractive pits and may be associated with a nearly limekiln and 18th-19th century quarries.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 909 657
Map Sheet:SX96NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishTorbay
DistrictTorbay
Ecclesiastical ParishST.MARYCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EXTRACTIVE PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

This plot is described as pasture and named Yaddon Hill and Kiln.


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

Part of Windmill Hill is depicted as rough ground and marked 'Old Quarries'.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5085-5086 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A pale cropmark is visible.


GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs, Devon County Council 2010 Aerial Photograph mosaic (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Irregular dark cropmarks are visible.


Google, 2017, Google Earth Pro, EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 06-JUN-2018 ACCESSED 11-FEB-2019 (Aerial Photograph). SDV360456.

Irregular dark cropmarks are visible.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Several irregular dark cropmarks, the largest of which is up to circa 24 metres in extent, are visible on aerial photographs taken between 1946 and 2018 on the plateau of Windmill Hill. Areas of rough ground are depicted to the east and west on the late-19th century mapping with ‘Old Quarries’ marked and depicted, and an ‘Old Limekiln’ marked adjacent to one of these. There are no features depicted in the location of the cropmarks, which may have formed over the remains of infilled pits that were associated with an earlier phase of extraction. The plot is described as pasture on the tithe apportionment, so extractive activity here is believed to have ceased before the mid-19th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital). Devon County Council 2010 Aerial Photograph mosaic. [Mapped feature: #116612 ]
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5085-5086 12-JUL-1946.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360456Aerial Photograph: Google. 2017. Google Earth Pro. Various. Digital. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 06-JUN-2018 ACCESSED 11-FEB-2019.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV123912Related to: Old Quarries, Yeadon Common, Windmill Hill, St Marychurch, Torquay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2019 2:44PM