MDE9004 - Medieval or post-medieval field system south of Trentishoe Down (Monument)


Earthen banks on the southern slopes of Trentishoe Down possibly relate to medieval or post-medieval attempts to extend cultivation.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Fragments of field systems were noted during a site visit in 1985. A miscellaneous group of field bank remains on the south side of Trentishoe Down are up to 1.0 metres high and 4.0 metres wide. They tend to fade away completely along their length and lie against the existing field banks, which they probably predate. [1] Earthen banks at SS 6305 4715 appear to represent the former extension of the existing hedged field system to the south. The southern slopes of Trentishoe Down provide a favourable environment for agriculture, and it seems likely that attempts were made in the medieval or post-medieval period to cultivate the Down (see MDE9000, MDE9001, MDE9005). The banks themselves are 1.3 metres wide and up to 0.4 metres high. They are composed largely of earth with some stone. Within the area enclosed by them the vegetation is primarily coarse grass, in contrast to the surrounding Down which is largely heather; this perhaps suggests that some cultivation has taken place within the enclosures. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1>XY Report: McDonnell, R.. 1986. Archaeological survey on Exmoor 1985/86: Trentishoe Down; a summary report. Site 288, visited 4 December 1985. [Mapped features: #46030 288; #46031 288; #46032 ]
  • <2> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 July 1993.



Grid reference Centred SS 6295 4723 (461m by 311m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64NW/55
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 28168
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21010
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW35
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 872864

Record last edited

Apr 24 2019 11:06AM


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