MDE20675 - Medieval and post-medieval field system east of Combe Martin (Monument)


An extensive area of strip fields have been fossilised in the later field pattern. They were famous for strawberry growing in the late 19th Century. Only part of the area falls within the National Park boundary.

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Extensive area of strip fields extending over SS 58 47, SS 58 46, SS 59 47, SS 59 46. Also on 6 inch 1905 Ordnance Survey map. [1,2] Great number of strip fields at combe martin running up from the bottom of the valley on either side. Probably originating as common fields like Braunton and Challacombe. Here the fields were not consolidated and have passed into separate tenures as strips so that many have fossilized as they were. Famous at the end of 19c for strawberry growing. [3] Only part of the field system described is within the Exmoor National Park boundary. This area has been mapped with reference to the HLC data held by the HER, the Combe Martin Tithe Map and the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. The field system may be broader than indicated on the HER mapping, particularly to the east. [4-7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1967. 1:10,560 scale map: 1967. 1:10560.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1892-1906. County Series, 2nd Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1905, 5NE.
  • <3> Monograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. Devon's Past: An Aerial View. 75. 98.
  • <4> Report: Aldred, O.. 2001. Somerset and Exmoor National Park Historic Landscape Characterisation Project 1999-2000.
  • <5> Map: 1843. Combe Martin Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 17 April 2019.



Grid reference Centred SS 58 47 (942m by 322m)
Map sheet SS54NE

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  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 58469
  • Devon SMR: SS54NE/152

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:03PM


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