MDE11686 - Post-medieval field system east of Windypost Cross (Monument)


A curvilinear hollow, running for 50 metres along a gentle north facing slope parallel to the modern road, may be a ploughed out hollow way predating the road or the remains of part of a system of post-medieval field boundaries.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 724 479. Earthworks (form unspecified) identified by Devon County Rescue Archaeology Field Survey Officer visible as a soilmark on aerial photographs. [1,2] The reference falls in a pasture field on a gentle north facing slope. There is no trace of any earthworks at SS 724 479. In the same pasture field at SS 7231 4791 is a curvilinear hollow (about 50 metres long) following a line parallel to the bend of the modern road. This is possibly a ploughed out hollow way pre-dating the road and may have been interpreted as an earthwork. Also within this field are five rings, slight annular hollows, caused by circular animal feeders being left in position over a long period - one is still in use. [3] The Tithe Map for Lynton and Lynmouth parish shows that the field in which the site is recorded was previously subdivided into five parcels and that the outside boundary of this group has since expanded outwards, with the internal partitions apparently removed. It is possible that the earthworks described above may relate to these previous field boundaries. N.B.GIS mapping edited to show boundary of enclosed fields. [4,5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Devon County Rescue Archaeology Field Survey Officer, 1979.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980/4049.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 February 1994.
  • <4> Map: 1840. Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Tithe Map and Apportionment. Land parcels 1204-8.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Catherine Dove, 28 March 2018.



Grid reference Centred SS 725 479 (423m by 222m)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NW/34
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12217
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20270
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW36
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 926081

Record last edited

Mar 28 2018 1:13PM


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