MMO1198 - Post-medieval field system on Porlock Common (Monument)

Summary

A probable post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1988 as a series of earthworks. These are not recorded on Ordnance Survey mapping from 1809, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date.

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Full Description

The remains of a field system lie on Porlock Common, centred at SS 855 465. The field system probably represents post-medieval exploitation of the Common, although it is not shown on the 1809 map of the area. [1,2] A probable post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs and at ground level in the northeast of Porlock Common. Centred at SS 8493 4657, up to five field boundaries are visible, forming regular rectangular fields.The banks vary in length from 30 to 90 metres long, and in width from 1 to 2 metres wide. They are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting the enclosure attempt was abandoned prior to publication. [3-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA Infra Red False Colour photography 64/88 102-03 1988.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 1889.
  • --- Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Ordnance Survey 1809 Geological Survey of Great Britain: Bridgwater Bay.
  • <1> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NE. MD002174.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8492 4659 (250m by 156m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish PORLOCK, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE85
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1174189

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 12:18PM

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