MMO1648 - Post-medieval field system on Yenworthy Common (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
Several possible field boundaries are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, located at the eastern end of Yenworthy Common. The system is centred at circa SS 8079 4817 and covers an area of approximately 4.4 hectares. Four banks are visible, two of which run northwest to southeast, while the other two follow the opposite direction. All the banks appear to form sub rectangular fields measuring between 25 and 40 metres wide. In the centre of these banks, at circa SS 8084 4813, a large sub rectangular ditched enclosure is visible, similar in size and shape to those formed by the banks. It may have been defined by a bank when constructed, but any such feature has now been eroded by water flowing downslope. The boundaries do not appear to follow the same alignment as other extant fields in the area, and probably represent a failed early attempt at enclosure, probably dating to the post medieval period prior to the period of more regular 19th Century enclosure. The system is not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it had gone out of use by this point. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 082 (15 April 1972).
- <2> SEM6705 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1890.
- <3>XY SMO7549 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #46966 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8080 4818 (278m by 178m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1460594 (Pastscape entry: 1460594)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW86
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460594
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