MDE1097 - Undated lynchet on Kentisbury Down (Monument)


A vestigial lynchet, cut by a short sunken way, runs across the field in which prehistoric flints were found.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A vestigial terrace or lynchet runs diagonally from east to west across the field in which most of the flints were found (SS 64 SW 20. [DE1095] OS Field No 430 at SS 631439). A short sunken way ascending the field cuts through the edge of the terrace. After ploughing in 1966 the Rev Ayre, rector of Kentisbury and Charles Whybrow noted a difference in soil colour between the edge of the terrace and the ground at its foot. Evidence of settlement was sought without result. (1) A pair of very spread and amorphous lynchet scarps (up to 0.7m in height) lying within an area of enclosed land on Kentisbury Down. Kentisbury Down was enclosed sometime between 1840 and the 1880's; before enclosure, it is depicted (on the Tithe Map (source 2a)) as an area of featureless moorland. (2)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Inf Charles Whybrow.
  • <2> Serial: Devonshire Association. 1862 -. Devonshire Association reports and transactions. Volume 102 (1970), 246 (J Barber).
  • <3> Map: 1840. Kentisbury Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Survey: Kentisbury, barrow and lynchet at SS 64 SW 19 + 22 . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 February 1993.
  • <6> Collection: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Exmoor Project.



Grid reference SS 6315 4389 (point)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SW22
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 34824

Record last edited

Apr 30 2019 4:32PM


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