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)
Unpublished document: Marshall, G & Walker, J (The National Trust). 1988.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.
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TICKNALL, SOUTH DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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