MEM15454 - Possible post-medieval structure in Little Comfort Wood (Monument)


Low earthwork banks defining a small rectangular enclosure in Little Comfort Wood are possibly the remains of a small structure of uncertain function.

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Full Description

A low earthwork bank in Little Comfort Wood defining a small rectangular enclosure approximately 4 metres long and 3 metres wide. The earthworks are located on level ground less than 3 metres from the river which flows southwards through Sherracombe. The shorter banks are noticeably greater in height than the longer cross-banks which run parallel to the river. A break in the long bank closest to the river has been interpreted as a possible entrance. The earthworks have been interpreted as the remains of a small structure, the function of which remains unclear. [1, 2] This feature is not visible on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map,indicating it had fallen out of use by the time of the survey. [3] The feature is also not shown on the Tithe Map for High Bray. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Report: Cannell, J.. 2003. Exmoor Iron, Sherracombe Ford 2002-2003: Area Reconnaissance Survey - 2. P.6-7; 13. [Mapped feature: #35321 ]
  • <2> Monograph: Cannell, J.. 2005. The Archaeology of Woodland Exploitation in the Greater Exmoor Area in the Historic Period. Archaeopress BAR British Series. P.55-66.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: Northcote, G.. 1838. High Bray Tithe Map and Apportionment.



Grid reference SS 714 356 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet SS73NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Park: Exmoor National Park

Record last edited

Sep 8 2020 10:32AM


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