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HER Number:MDV30194
Name:Mine Adit, Abbotsham Cliff


Mine adit in the cliff, just above beach


Grid Reference:SS 407 272
Map Sheet:SS42NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAbbotsham
Ecclesiastical ParishABBOTSHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS42NW/84

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ADIT (XVIII to XX - 1751 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 1840, Abbotsham (Cartographic). SDV339772.

Apportionment No. 56 waste. Other details: Sighted by Meade 1982.

Meade, H. M., 1982, Mine Adit (Worksheet). SDV339751.

Mine adit. Stone structure in the cliff face a few feet above the pebbles at the foot of the cliff, to the north of a lime kiln.
There is black shillet approx 20 feet inside on either side which extends to the top of the cliff. This is a poor form of anthracite, and the seam runs eastwards to bideford and then onto the Taw Valley. A softer form of the anthracite known locally as the bideford black can be seen in the valley bottom by the lime kiln. Pits in the ground above the adit were made digging out the anthracite to use as fuel for the limekiln.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

'Quarry' shown on 1886 OS map. Shown only as area of rough pasture on 1905 edition. May relate to anthracite mine recorded 50 metres to south-east (Site 7).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 7.
SDV339751Worksheet: Meade, H. M.. 1982. Mine Adit. Worksheet. [Mapped feature: #16875 ]
SDV339772Cartographic: Unknown. 1840. Abbotsham. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV30193Related to: Greencliff Lime Kiln, Abbotsham (Monument)
MDV80461Related to: Quarry, East of Bennet Rock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2018 3:09PM