MDE20707 - Possible undated enclosure in Cowley Wood (Monument)


Low banks forming three sides of a possibly square enclosure were noted on aerial photographs. It is not clear whether this is a misinterpretation of later field boundary earthworks.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Low banks forming three sides of a possibly square enclosure northwest of Lower Hollacombe are visible on aerial photographs dating to 1947. [1,2] The Tithe Map for Kentisbury [3] shows that this area was subdivided into thin strips of land. The boundaries of these strips had been removed by the time the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map was surveyed [4]. At least one of the boundaries of these strips may be visible at SS 6447 4443 on Royal Air Force images taken in 1946-8 [5]. It is not clear whether the feature transcribed by [2] may be partially explained by this earthwork or if an enclosure exists here. More investigation is required. [3-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980 4094 (April 1947).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6444C.
  • <3> Map: 1840. Kentisbury Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 30 April 2019.



Grid reference Centred SS 6446 4438 (39m by 45m)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17961
  • Devon SMR: SS64SW/44

Record last edited

Apr 30 2019 2:46PM


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