MDE11244 - Possible post-medieval crop marks at Crock Point (Monument)


A group of irregular circular cropmarks were noted on aerial photographs taken in 1946. No features were observed during field investigation in 1993. They may be stands of bracken, or features associated with clay pit excavations to the south.

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Group of irregular circular features on promontory between Lee and Woody Bays. Archaeologically doubtful, probably stands of bracken. Show well on 1946 aerial photograph. [1,2] SS 6886 4919. There are no traces of these features, or reason for such an identification, in a pasture field just cropped for hay at time of the visit. This area, a small coastal headland, has, apart from a fringe of light bracken around the steeper southern slopes nearer the road, been mainly turned over to pasture. [3] This area is immediately to the north of Crock Pits where clay pits were excavated during the 17th and early 18th Century. The cropmarks may be associated with this activity. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF/106G/UK/ 1655/3157. -/07/1946.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6849A. [Mapped feature: #38596 SS6849A]
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 10 June 1993.
  • <4> Index: NMR. unknown. SX64NE51. NMR Index.



Grid reference Centred SS 6882 4924 (283m by 176m) (Aerial survey)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64NE/58
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17944
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20558
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE68
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 915617
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)

Record last edited

Oct 28 2020 4:00PM


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