MMO1671 - Medieval or post-medieval field system west of Chalk Water (Monument)

Summary

A medieval or post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks. Most of the rectangular fields show traces of ridge and furrow.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A medieval or post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks on a steep east-facing slope to the west of Chalk Water. At least 10 large rectangular fields are visible, measuring between 100 and 150 metres wide, and enclosure an area of approximately 4.3 hectares. Most of the rectangular fields show traces of ridge and furrow, which would suggest a medieval or early post medieval date for the fields. The area is shown as pasture and grassland on the 1st Edition Ordnance survey map, indicating that the enclosures predate this map and were beginning to revert to Moorland at the time of publication. Another field system on the eastern side of Chalk Water (see MMO657) is believed to date to the same period and may be part of the same phase of enclosure.From the 1970s onwards the area to the west of Chalk Water has been used for pasture, while the area to the east has reverted to Moorland. [1,2]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4064 11-APR-1947.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1889.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8138 4569 (516m by 1122m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW109
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460795

Record last edited

Jul 22 2013 2:10PM

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