MMO1609 - Possible deserted medieval village west of Minehead (Monument)

Summary

Earthwork evidence for a possible deserted settlement potentially of medieval date can be seen on aerial photographs in the form of ditched and banked field boundaries, tracks and holloway, all surrounding a possible building platform.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Earthwork evidence for a possible deserted settlement of medieval origins can be seen on aerial photographs approximately 500 metres to the south of Bratton village in Minehead without parish. The earthworks are interpreted as comprising; a field boundary bank at SS 94654563; a ditched field boundary roughly 20 metres to the south at SS 94644560; a possible trackway to the east at SS 94704567; a tentatively identified hollow way now heading into Higher Allers copse at SS 94614582; and a possible sub-square building platform, roughly 24 metres wide, at SS 94654568. All of these earthworks are extremely subtle in appearance on aerial photographs of 1959 and are not clearly visible on any later available photography. It is probable they have been damaged by modern agricultural improvement activity. [1,2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 58/2665 (F21) 80-81 08-JAN-1959.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL 76046 110 25-JUN-1976.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NW. MD002167.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9465 4570 (111m by 265m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94NW
Civil Parish MINEHEAD WITHOUT, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW214
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460039

Record last edited

Mar 14 2013 10:20AM

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