MDE9001 - Prehistoric or medieval stony banks on Trentishoe Down (Monument)


The remains of four parallel stony banks are probably associated with medieval or later cultivation or land improvement, though they could be prehistoric linear clearance.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The fragments of field system were noted during a site visit in 1985. They were described as a group of five parallel banks up to 30 paces long, 30 metres wide and 0.2 metres high on the southwest side of Trentishoe Down. [1] At SS 6271 4734 are the remains of four parallel stony banks on a roughly north to south alignment. The features lie within an area recently burnt off, and they almost certainly extend further west into an area of dense heather and tussocky grass. The banks are composed largely of small surface stones and average 1.4 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. They are exactly parallel and are some 9.5 metres apart. The date of these features is uncertain. Superficially they might be seen as prehistoric linear clearance. However, their exact spacing and parallelism suggests that they are medieval or later and possibly associated with either cultivation or land improvement. Surveyed at 1:2500. [2,3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: McDonnell, R.. 1986. Archaeological survey on Exmoor 1985/86: Trentishoe Down; a summary report. Site 266, visited 21 November 1985.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 July 1993.
  • <3> Survey: Trentishoe, SS 64 NW 4, 7, 15, 31, 32, 33, 37/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.



Grid reference Centred SS 6266 4740 (66m by 109m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64NW/51
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 28164
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21006
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW32
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 872791

Record last edited

Apr 24 2019 10:07AM


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