MDE20799 - Medieval or post-medieval field system west of Challacombe Common (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a medieval or post-medieval field system are visible as a series of earthworks. The field boundaries are broadly similar in size and layout to extant boundaries visible in and around Challacombe, and may date to the same period.

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Full Description

Lengths of bank forming old field boundaries are visible on aerial photographs. [1-3] The remains of a medieval or post-medieval field system are visible as a series of earthworks on the western edge of Challacombe Common. Centred at approximately SS 7012 4209, two low banks are visible, forming the corners of at least two enclosures. The visible area of the larger of the two enclosures measures approximately 110 by 120 metres, while the smaller enclosure measures 50 by 80 metres. Both banks appear to connect to the extant boundary running north to south at SS 700 420. The field boundaries are broadly similar in size and layout to extant boundaries visible in and around Challacombe, and were most likely constructed at the same period. As they are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, it seems likely that they were abandoned some time before publication in 1889. [4-7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980.3086 (April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/13/118 (May 1977).
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS 7042A.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 920-21 (29 April 1973).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA MAL 4974-75 (16 August 1981).
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <7>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #47024 ]
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1470726, Extant 18 January 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7011 4203 (167m by 281m)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish CHALLACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18159
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/75
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO2174
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW205
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1470726

Record last edited

Jan 18 2022 5:38PM

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