MMO1578 - Post-medieval ridge and furrow east of Lower Horridge Wood (Monument)


A large area of ridge and furrow of probable post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 as cropmarks.

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Full Description

An extensive area of ridge and furrow of possible medieval or post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks in Selworthy parish, bounded on the east by Lower Horridge Wood and the north by the copse known as No-Man's Land. The fan shaped pattern of cropmarks cover an irregularly shaped area of almost 5 hectares, crossing the line of a field boundary marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 and still visible on aerial photographs of 1946. The visibility of the cropmarks in a area of field defined by a dog leg of extant boundaries, at circa SS 9044 4598, may indicate that these features were originally more extensive still and predate the extant field system. The curvilinear form of the cropmarks is also reminiscent of the classic reverse-S or J-shaped medieval ridge and furrow. However, the cropmarks are rather narrowly spaced, none appearing further than 4 metres from its neighbour. It is therefore the opinion of this authority that these features result from post-medieval period agricultural improvement activity but that they may perpetuate medieval patterns of land management, superseded by later post-medieval land management. Similarly narrowly spaced ridge and furrow can be seen as earthworks elsewhere in this area (see MMO1575 and MMO1577). [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 3101-3102 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NW. MD002167. [Mapped feature: #32554 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9041 4590 (403m by 205m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW202
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1458919

Record last edited

Dec 15 2020 1:18PM


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