Monument record MDR242 - ?Bell-pits, Raven's Low, Hartington Upper Quarter

Type and Period (2)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

17 or 18 bell-pits about seven or eight feet deep and averaging 14 feet diameter were found in 1898 to 1899 on Ravenslow. (1). "On Ravenslow, a hill overlooking the Goyte, about three miles west-south-west of Buxton", there are 18 or 20 depressions about 14 ft in diameter and 5 ft in depth. Some were excavated. "No potsherds or implements of any sort have been found in these pits;infact, nothing to throw light upon their age or use. The most feasible explanation is that they were subterranean dwellings, inhabited by a people who burnt coal". (2) Several pits as dimensioned above, precisely cut inverted cones with some evidence of revetting, were seen in the area of Raven's Low; these are not, however, bell-pits. They are obviously connected with mining, probably early industrial period; there is adjacent quarrying, now overgrown and remains of dry-stone structures. The site falls in an extensive area of old coal workings and is not of great archaeological interest. (3). These features are preumably part of the much larger Goyt's Moss Colliery [see SMR 7187].

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Turner, W. 1899. Ancient Remains Near Buxton. pp 130-133.
  • <2> Article in serial: Ward, J. 1900. 'On Mr Salt's diggings around Buxton', Journal of the British Archaeological Association. Volume 6. pp 225-226.
  • <3> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 19-JAN-66.
  • <4> Index: NDAT. 1176.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1994. The Goyt Valley, Hartington Upper Quarter, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 1994. 148. Feature 203, pp 46-51.



Grid reference Centred SK 0185 7230 (10m by 10m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR3759
  • EDR1238

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Record last edited

Mar 11 2015 2:18PM

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