MMO1675 - Medieval or post-medieval field system at Withycombe or Withy Combe (Monument)
Please read the caveat document.
Type and Period (1)
- None recorded
A medieval or post-medieval field system is visble on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks on both sides of Withy Combe. Several boundaries are visible, forming at least six rectangular fields. The majority of the boundaries run north to south along the crest of the valley, with the longest boundary measuring 410 metres long, before it turns 90 degrees to the east and runs downslope towards Withy Combe for 50 metres. The fields measure from between 65 metres to 240 metres wide. The boundaries are similar in size and form to other relict boundaries in the area (see MMO1667) and are likely to represent part of the original enclosure of Withycombe Allotment and South Common which was later removed to create a larger area for pasture. They appear to be associated with other extant boundaries in the area, suggesting they were laid out at the same time or later than these existing boundaries, although they are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [1-3]
- <1> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 4133 (17 October 1952).
- <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 feature: #32643 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 8066 4574 (318m by 455m) (Aerial Survey)|
|Civil Parish||OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (0)
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1460826 (Original Monarch entry: 1460826)
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW113
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460826
Record last edited
Jan 27 2021 9:08AM
Your feedback is welcome. If you can provide any new information about this record, please contact us.