MMO1629 - Post-medieval earthworks north of No Man's Land copse (Monument)


Three banked field boundaries and an associated square enclosure of possible post-medieval date are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Three probably post-medieval banked field boundaries and an associated square enclosure of uncertain function are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs, to the north of the copse known as No Man's Land, centred on circa SS 9024 4611, Selworthy parish. All three field boundaries are aligned west to east and appear to be associated with the extant, irregularly shaped enclosing field boundary. Aspect of this field's morphology, such as the curvilinear and dogleg shaped sides, may support an interpretation as medieval in origin. However, the very regular cropmarks recorded here are interpreted as post-medieval in date. The function of the associated square, possibly bank defined enclosure, centred on SS 9022 4602 is unclear. An interpretation as a stock enclosure is possible but its topographic location, on the top of a 70 metre high spur, may support a less functional interpretation, perhaps as an enclosure bank surrounding a tree clump to be viewed from Holnicote House to the northeast. A similar, although more elaborate bank has been noted at a Holnicote Estate farm at Cloutsham. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 3101-2 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Monograph: Turner, S.. 2007. Ancient Country: The Historic Character of Rural Devon. Devon Archaeological Society. p 32-56.
  • <3> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. p137; Fig. 5.18.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 NW. MD002167. [Mapped feature: #32537 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9023 4609 (109m by 225m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW226
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460143

Record last edited

Mar 5 2019 9:13AM


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