MMO1602 - Medieval or post-medieval orchard banks at Blackford (Monument)


Orchard banks of post-medieval or possible late-medieval date are visible on aerial photographs as parallel linear earthworks in the grounds of Blackford.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Parallel linear earthworks visible on aerial photographs in the grounds of Blackford, Selworthy parish, are thought to be orchard banks of post-medieval or possible late medieval date. Centred on circa SS 924 451, the earthworks to the south of Blackford are aligned roughly north to south and cover an area of approximately 2000 square metres. A site visit in July 2007 confirmed the partial survival of the earthworks, although in a reduced form, and their function as orchard banks with trees surviving planted along the ridge tops. The orchard would have been associated with other elements of the manorial complex surviving at Blackford, such as the fishpond, dovecote and mill. [1-3] The site is shown as an orchard on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 58/5158 (F21) 179-180 (4 June 1962).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/70380 211-212 (23 September 1970).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NW. MD002167. [Mapped feature: #32552 ]
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1459939, Extant 16 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9240 4518 (39m by 58m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW207
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1459939

Record last edited

May 16 2022 6:25PM


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