Information for record number MWA2978:
Possible Charcoal burning site, SE of Wappenbury Wood

Summary The possible site of a coal mine dating to the Imperial period, recorded in place name evidence. The site lies to the south east of Wappenbury Wood. It is possibly refers to charcoal burning.
What Is It?  
Type: Mine?, Charcoal Burners Site?
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Wappenbury
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 38 70
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Mid 19th century sketch plan of Wappenbury shows two fields centered on the above grid reference called Cole Pit Coppice Close, and Cole Pit Close.
2 It is assumed they refer, as they are adjoining, to the same site. No indication of it is to be seen now.
3 Extremely unlikely to refer to coal as the nearest known deposits are to the north of Coventry. Possibly refers to a Charcoal burning site.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: Map C19
Date: C19
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Umbero - CRO 410-M70
Source No: 2
Source Type: Site Visit
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: Thompson D J
Date: 1983
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 3264
Source No: 3
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers. Comm. Magnus Alexander
Author/originator: Magnus Alexander
Date: 2006
Page Number:
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source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CHARCOAL BURNERS SITE * A site, often in a woodland clearing, used for the production of pure carbon by the controlled burning of wood and other organic materials. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument WOOD * A tract of land with trees, sometimes acting as a boundary or barrier, usually smaller and less wild than a forest. back
monument MINE * An excavation made in the earth for the purpose of digging out metallic ores, coal, salt, or precious stones etc. Use specific type where known. back
monument COPPICE * A managed small wood or thicket of underwood grown to be periodically cut to encourage new growth providing smaller timber. back

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