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Monument record MDR12448 - Bell pits to the north of Heath Farm, Ticknall

Type and Period (2)

  • (Stuart to Georgian - 1700 AD? to 1800 AD?)
  • (Stuart to Georgian - 1700 AD? to 1800 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

In a field to the north-west of Heath Farm are a number of bell pits under pasture, marking the site of former coal-working on Southwood Common, exploiting a seam of exposed coal. These pits are less well defined than those in South Wood (SMR ) and Long Alders Plantation (SMR 31915), having presumably been affected by ploughing and cultivation, but they are marked by D-shaped earth banks up to one metre in height and between 11 and 12 metres in diameter, surrounding a central circular depression which marks the site of the shaft. In each case the spoil has been piled in a similar northerly direction, downslope, the size of the pit presumably indicating the depth to which the pit was worked. Unlike the pits in Long Alders Plantation, they appear to be unaffected by waterlogging. (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 Unpublished document: Marshall, G & Walker, J (The National Trust). 1988.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 190.



Grid reference Centred SK 3525 2114 (118m by 323m)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR3714

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Record last edited

Feb 23 2015 12:48PM

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