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HER Number:MDV23344
Name:Probable quarry and spoilheap east of Torridge Bridge


A probable quarry and possible spoilheap are visible as cropmarks and earthworks on aerial photographs from 1946 and on images derived from Lidar data captured in 20006-2007. They are probably the same as a feature observed on a site visit in 1984 and similar to others in the vicinity that seem to be exploiting material outcropping near the surface in east to west ridges, possibly culm seams. The earthworks are likely to survive, and could be from an earlier or shorter lived phase of exploitation, predating the late nineteenth century.


Grid Reference:SS 461 281
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWestleigh
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWESTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NE/116

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV73375.

Des=griffiths, d. M. /as above/slide in smr.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1420, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4381-4382 15-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349553.

A dark irregular cropmark and adjacent mound are visible.

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

A dark irregular cropmark is visible. Map object partly based on this source.

Griffiths, D., 1983, ?Quay (Worksheet). SDV13596.

Vis=12/6/1984 (griffiths). An eliptical mound, 2m high, and c 12m n-s with hollow of similar size to west. Probably an old quarry. On line of bideford/ barnstaple bypass.

Environment Agency, 2006-2007, LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution), Lidar SS4628sw Environment Agency D0072710 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007 (Cartographic). SDV349850.

An earthwork pit and mound are visible. Map object partly based on this source.

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

An earthwork pit visible on images derived from Lidar data captured in 2006-2007 is also visible as a subrectangular cropmark on aerial photographs dating to and after 1946. At circa 25 by 15 metres it is likely to be the same feature as observed on a site visit in 1984, and interpreted as a quarry pit. The mound to the east is visible on aerial photographs but is indistinguishable from the geological formations in this area that create obvious east to west ridges in the landscape. A disused quarry depicted 100 metres to the north-east on late nineteenth century mapping appears to be exploiting material along the line of a ridge, possibly culm seams as seen on geological mapping. The earthwork pit may be a similar feature, presumably less extensive and earlier in date, since it is not depicted on late nineteenth century mapping. Earthwork remains are very likely to survive.

British Geological Survey, 2012, Bedrock and Superficial Geology, http://ogc.bgs.ac.uk/cgi-bin/BGS_Bedrock_and_Superficial_Geology/wms? (Website). SDV350127.

East to west aligned bands of culm formations coincide with the locations of quarries in this area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV13596Worksheet: Griffiths, D.. 1983. ?Quay.
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
SDV349553Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1420. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1420 4381-4382 15-APR-1946.
SDV349624Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1965. MAL/65061. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/61065 164-165 01-JUL-1965.
SDV349850Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2006-2007. LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. Lidar SS4628sw Environment Agency D0072710 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007.
SDV350127Website: British Geological Survey. 2012. Bedrock and Superficial Geology. http://ogc.bgs.ac.uk/cgi-bin/BGS_Bedrock_and_Superficial_Geology/wms?. Website. http://ogc.bgs.ac.uk/cgi-bin/BGS_Bedrock_and_Superficial_Geology/wms?.
SDV73375Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2012 4:09PM