MMO1681 - Post-medieval field system on North Common (Monument)

Summary

A field system of probable medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks. This appears to have been a medieval attempt to enclose common land which was subsequently abandoned.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A field system of probable medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks at the southern end of North Common. Situated on a steep south facing slope, the main boundary forms a curved enclosure, centred at SS 8168 4659 and measuring approximately 85 metres in diameter. Several other shorter boundaries are aligned east to west and appear to form narrow rectangular enclosures. The boundaries and enclosures are irregular and appear unfinished in places, suggesting that this was a medieval attempt to enclose common land which was subsequently abandoned. [1,2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 4113 (17 October 1952).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 NW. MD002166. [Mapped feature: #32641 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8171 4652 (230m by 318m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84NW
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NW115
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1460865

Record last edited

Jan 27 2021 9:05AM

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