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Monument record MDR12447 - Bell pits in Long Alders Plantation, Ticknall

Type and Period (2)

  • (Stuart to Georgian - 1700 AD? to 1750 AD?)
  • (Stuart to Georgian - 1700 AD? to 1750 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small group of perhaps 15-20 bell pits marking the site of former coal extraction at the base of the Pistern Hills. These pits are defined by a central depression of between 4m and 5.5m radius surrounded by a low but broad heap of spoil made up of earth and coal shale. The bell pits appear to be relatively undisturbed. The smaller pits are to be found at the base of the slope and are spaced closer together, ie between 10m and 20m apart. The also appear to be badly waterlogged, suggesting that the depths to which the coal could be mined was limited. These pits are probably early 18th century, or perhaps earlier, excavated when the area was a common. (1)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Marshall, G & Walker, J (The National Trust). 1988. The National Trust Archaeological Survey: Calke Abbey, Volume 2, Industrial Survey. HER Doc. No. 633; p 189.



Grid reference Centred SK 3504 2090 (136m by 194m)

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Record last edited

Sep 21 2010 9:38AM

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