MDE21502 - Undated lynchets on Kentisbury Down (Monument)


A pair of very spread and amorphous lynchet scarps lie within an area of land enclosed between 1840 and the 1880s; before enclosure. It was previously depicted as an area of featureless moorland.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Bank clearly visible on National Monument Record aerial photograph dating to 1979. [1] Lynchet or vestigial terrace running across field on northwest slope of Kentisbury Down. Natural or manmade? Indications suggest manmade; difference in soil colour after ploughing between edge of terrace and ground at foot. Also appears to be short sunken way leading above to below terrace, cutting through edge. [2] A pair of very spread and amorphous lynchet scarps (up to 0.7 metres in height) lying within an area of enclosed land on Kentisbury Down. Kentisbury Down was enclosed sometime between 1840 and the 1880s; before enclosure, it is depicted on the Kentisbury Tithe Map as an area of featureless moorland. Surveyed at 1:2500. [3-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR SS6343:SF1460/213 (7 March 1979).
  • <2> Serial: Devonshire Association. 1862 -. Devonshire Association reports and transactions. Volume 102 (1970), 246 (31st Report on Archaeology and Early History).
  • <3> Map: 1840. Kentisbury Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Unknown. 1848. Kentisbury Down Enclosure Award. Unknown.
  • <5> Survey: Kentisbury, barrow and lynchet at SS 64 SW 19 + 22 . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 11 February 1993.



Grid reference SS 6315 4389 (point)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 51298
  • Devon SMR: MDE1094
  • Devon SMR: MDE20120
  • Devon SMR: SS64SW/160

Record last edited

Jul 18 2018 4:21PM


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