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HER Number:MDV3100
Name:Quarry to East of Quarry Farm, Ugborough

Summary

Site of a large quarry to the east of Quarry Farm. One of two slate quarries in the vicinity of the farm.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 660 548
Map Sheet:SX65SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/186

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (Unknown date)

Full description

de la Beche, H. T., 1839, Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset, 503 (Monograph). SDV337075.

slate quarry. Source of roofing slate.


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

Site of a large irregular shaped quarry shown on 19th century map to the east of Quarry Farm.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.


Ussher, W. A. E., 1912, Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury (Monograph). SDV161599.

Quarry farm and disused quarries. There are two quarry areas east of the farmhouse. At one time they must have been very productive. One quarry is near the road which leads north to Toby Cross and the ridge-way. This is in a field known as Dixon's Field, and has been almost completely filled in. Dixon came from Caernarvonshire in the 1830s and worked the quarry for roofing slate. The other large quarry, 100 yards to the north, has a greater area of worked slate still exposed. In the early 20th century when the owner was working in a cowhouse near the farmhouse the floor gave way and revealed a shaft of some sort beneath the building. Also near the farm buildings, there is an exposed area dug into the rock, about 12 feet square, which is believed to be the start of a tunnel or shaft. To the right, some way away, there are the filled-in and covered over remains of a shaft, with the rock face of the quarry rising on three sides for some 25 feet. The purpose of this shaft is unknown, and as of 1974 [sic], no remains of buildings could be seen. South of the farmhouse, below the driveway, there is the opening of a tunnel, whose purpose is unknown. The present access was made by the owner when it threatened the road above with collapse and does not appear to be the original entry. The tunnel is 1.82 metres high by 1.82 metres wide, and is level, with water standing over its entire length. Drill marks indicate that the tunnel was worked away from the house; the length accessible being 26.62 metres. To the left of the present entrance the passage is blocked up. At the inner end of the tunnel the cut rises abruptly at about 45deg. And is filled with shale. This could be an accidental roof fall, or a return passage to the open ground. No sign of a shaft exists on the ground. Compass readings show that the tunnel, as exposed below ground, runs in a direction from below the house to the corner of a vegetable plot where the quarry track joins the farm track. If it continued in the same straight line, the other end of the tunnel (at 45deg. Incline) would come out at the junction of the farm track and the garden path leading to meadows.


Cotswold Archaeology, 2001, Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Archaeological Fieldwalking and Field Reconnaissance Survey: Preliminary Summary, Map 9 (Report - Survey). SDV340217.


Cotswold Archaeology, 2001, Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Cultural Heritage Assessment: Volume 1:Text, 22 (Report - Assessment). SDV340215.


Cotswold Archaeology, 2001, Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Cultural Heritage Assessment: Volume 2: Constraints Maps (Report - Assessment). SDV340216.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161599Monograph: Ussher, W. A. E.. 1912. Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury. Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury. Unknown.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #87051 ]
SDV337075Monograph: de la Beche, H. T.. 1839. Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. Report on the Geology of Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset. Unknown. 503.
SDV340215Report - Assessment: Cotswold Archaeology. 2001. Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Cultural Heritage Assessment: Volume 1:Text. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 01084. A4 Stapled + Digital. 22.
SDV340216Report - Assessment: Cotswold Archaeology. 2001. Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Cultural Heritage Assessment: Volume 2: Constraints Maps. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 01084. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV340217Report - Survey: Cotswold Archaeology. 2001. Fishacre to Lyneham Natural Gas Pipeline: Archaeological Fieldwalking and Field Reconnaissance Survey: Preliminary Summary. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 1224. A4 Stapled + Digital. Map 9.

Associated Monuments

MDV5052Related to: Bowcombe Quarry, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV5044Related to: Quarry Farm Farmstead, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4375 - Fishacre to Lyneham Pipeline Assessment
  • EDV4391 - Fishacre to Lyneham Fieldwalking Survey

Date Last Edited:Dec 10 2010 2:14PM