There are, in old coppice oak woodlands in Brampton parish, hollows that are usually called 'charcoal pits'. Documents from the 17th century refer to 'white coal kilns' and 'charcoal pits'. Excavation of two of these pits has refuted the charcoal pit theory; although they could still relate to white coal (kiln dried wood). The only product found in the excavated pits was coke. Traditional charcoal making hearths were also called 'platforms' or 'pitstoods'. The old woods have many of these charcoal platforms. It appears that the documentary term 'charcoal pits' probably refers to traditional charcoal platforms. This feature, at SK 327 723, is one of twenty identified in Brampton parish. (1)
SK 327 723 puts the site to the north of the Priestfield Wood. The GIS point has been moved to the south to fall within the woodland. The exact location of this site is not certain. (2)
Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. No site reference number.
Personal Observation: Manning, N. Personal observation, map evidence, field visit etc..
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SK 327 722 (point)
BRAMPTON, NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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