MMO1669 - Medieval or post-medieval ditches south of Copper Wood (Monument)
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Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
Three substantial ditches are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs in fields to the south of Copper Wood. The ditches are situated on a fairly steep west facing slope, and run approximately north-south. The westernmost ditch, at SS 8059 4626 measures approximately 140 metres long by 5 metres wide. The central ditch, at SS 8068 4631, measures 112 metres long by 5 metres wide and the easternmost ditch measures 85 metres long by 1.5 metres wide. The ditches appear to be quite deep. The western two ditches are too wide to be part of a water meadow system and it seems more likely that they are associated with water management at the deserted settlement of Withycombe, and probably date to the medieval or post-medieval period. However, further examination is required to ascertain their precise function. The ditches are not shown on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map suggesting they had passed out of use prior to the publication of the map. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3037 (11 April 1947).
- <2> SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
- <3>XY SMO7549 Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped features: #46957 ; #46958 ; #46959 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8069 4628 (305m by 191m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1460773 (Original Monarch entry: 1460773)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW107
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460773
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Jan 27 2021 9:20AM
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