MDE10861 - Medieval strip fields south of Parracombe Village (Monument)


A series of strip lynchets are probably of medieval date and cover about 8 hectares. They are visible on aerial photographs but only traces remain as earthworks.

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A system of medieval strip fields extends around medieval settlement remains (MMO308) to the south of Parracombe village. The fields are defined by curving parallel lynchets and are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs but some have been levelled or virtually levelled. The relict fields were probably part of a number of communal systems of strip fields around the different foci of settlement at Parracombe (see MMO308). The strip fields described in this record extend over an area measuring up to 940 metres north to south by 730 metres east to west between Ley's Lane, Holwell Castle, Holwell Wood and seem to stop at the combes just before the land rises steeply to Rowley Down, and a knoll, to the south and south east of Parracombe. The whole system is centred at SS 6963 4067 and covers an area bounded by the following grid references: SS 6682 4458, SS 6709 4445, SS 6721 4403, SS 6689 4363, SS 6656 4383, SS 6649 4407, and SS 6654 4429. [1-2] A fragmentary system of strip lynchets, covering some 8 hectares, is visible on air photographs (3), centred at SS 668444 to the south of Parracombe village. Most of the system lies within cultivated or improved land and a cursory examination revealed only traces of the lynchets surviving as earthworks. [4] A rapid examination of air photography shows the earthworks of these strip lynchets in an area bounded by SS 665 439, SS 670 438, SS 671 444 and SS 667 446, south of Parracombe. The strip lynchets may be associated with a settlement site SS 64 SE 38. [6-8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Winton, H.. 1999. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment. RCHME. Photographers Comment, 20 December 1999.
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. P 116-119; Fig. 4.30.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK.1501.F/20 4303 (14 May 1946).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1 October 1993.
  • <5> Unassigned: Miller, A.. 1995. AP Primary Recording Project. 7 December 1995.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR, SS 6644/1/5-6, SS 6644/2/7-8, SS 6644/3/9-10, SS 6644/6/201-204, SS 6644/8, 14.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. LC 9-13. Devon Aerial Photograph.
  • <8> Archive: 1999. RCHME: Parracombe Project, Devon. AF1301153.



Grid reference Centred SS 668 441 (807m by 947m) (Centred on)
Map sheet SS64SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 60716
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/197
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21707
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO3791
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE37
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1505784
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 909919

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Feb 10 2020 2:34PM


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