MDE11188 - Possible medieval pillow mound on Woolhanger Common (Monument)


A short length of bank on the northeast slopes of Woolhanger Common, seen on aerial photographs taken in 1947, was interpreted as a possible pillow mound. No trace was seen during field investigation in 1993.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A cropmark, located at SS 6917 4635, of a short length of bank, is visible on aerial photographs and thought to be a possible pillow mound. [1,2] The grid reference falls on the northeast slopes of Woolhanger Common, an area shown as rough grass on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. The area is now under uncut hay and no trace of this possible pillow mound was seen on the ground. [3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF CPE/UK/1980, 3057 (April 1947).
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 6946a. [Mapped feature: #38166 SS6946a]
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 6(4).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 21 July 1993.



Grid reference Centred SS 6918 4635 (21m by 12m) (Estimated from sources)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17948
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/62
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20694
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE40
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 915177

Record last edited

Oct 28 2020 4:22PM


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