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 (MDE1097 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. [1,2] A pair of very spread and amorphous lynchet scarps (up to 0.7 metres in height) lying within an area of enclosed land on Kentisbury Down. Kentisbury Down was enclosed sometime between 1840 and the 1880s; before enclosure, it is depicted (on the Tithe Map [3]) as an area of featureless moorland. [4-6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. 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> Technical drawing: Wilson-North, R.. 1993. Kentisbury, barrow and lynchet at SS 64 SW 19 + 22 . 1:2500. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 February 1993.
  • <6> Collection: RCHME Exeter. 1993-1999. Exmoor Project.
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34824, Extant 15 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SW22
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34824



Grid reference SS 6315 4389 (point)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Record last edited

Nov 15 2021 10:09PM


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