MMO1832 - Medieval or post-medieval enclosure east of Road Wood (Monument)

Summary

A medieval or post medieval enclosure is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. It is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889.

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A medieval or post-medieval enclosure is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs on the west facing slope above Road Wood. Centred at approximately 6573 4871, two rectilinear enclosures are visible formed by a low narrow bank. The smaller enclosure at SS 6573 4865 measures 21 metres wide by 56 metres long. It connects with the larger enclosure at SS 6573 4868; the larger enclosure measures 118 metres long by 56 metres wide. Both boundaries appear to connect with an existing extant boundary in three places - at SS 6577 4863, SS 6576 4868 and SS 6574 4879. The extant boundary appears to form the eastern side of both enclosures. It seems likely that this enclosure is part of the original field arrangement in the area, which was abandoned or removed at some point in order to create a larger field or grazing area. The enclosure is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. It is beginning to revert to scrub on the photographs taken in 1946. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 4370 (13 May 1946.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: Exmoor National Park National Mapping Programme: SS 64 NE. MD002172. [Mapped feature: #35191 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6573 4871 (92m by 188m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64NE
Civil Parish MARTINHOE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NE120
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1462935

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Sep 30 2020 12:39PM

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