MEM22851 - Possible rectilinear enclosure of medieval field system southwest of Ley Hill (Monument)

Summary

Earthwork banks visible on aerial photographs can be seen to define a rectilinear enclosure or field system of probable medieval date. The field system is probable associated with, or an extension of, a more extensive field system to the east.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Low earth banks forming a field system on the southwest side of Ley Hill. [1] Earthwork banks centred on circa SS 8828 4460 define a rectilinear enclosure or field system of probable medieval date, on the southwest side of Ley Hill, Luccombe parish. The earthworks are visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. The field system is rectilinear in form, the visible earthworks defining an enclosure measuring approximately 180 metres west to east and 125 metres north to south. Internal subdivisions may be visible within this enclosure, including a possible structure at circa SS 8831 4460. The field boundaries may continue to the south, one possible bank possibly extending towards Horner Water for 120 metres from the enclosures southeastern corner at SS 8831 4453. It seems probable that these earthworks are associated with or an extension of, the more extensive field system circa 500 metres to the east, and by extension, the deserted medieval settlement in Horner Wood. It is also likely that the dense vegetation in this area conceals further boundaries which remain to be discovered. [2-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. AP Preece, 1 January 1992.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4090-1 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 254-5 (16 August 1972).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA MAL IR 77013 088-089 (20 May 1977).
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8828 4454 (293m by 299m)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO2298
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE176
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1473575
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35263

Record last edited

Sep 4 2014 12:15PM

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