MMO1864 - Medieval or post-medieval square enclosure south of Thornworthy (Monument)

Summary

A low earthwork bank defining a square enclosure of probable medieval or post-medieval date can be seen on aerial photographs. It may mark the extent of a former farmyard, indicating an aspect of settlement abandonment.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A low earthwork bank defining a square enclosure of probable medieval or post-medieval date can be seen on aerial photographs immediately to the south of Thornworthy, Lynton and Lynmouth parish, centred on circa SS 71064574. The enclosure bank is visible on photographs of the 1950s onwards, but by the 1970s appears less well defined, probably as a result of modern agricultural improvements. The bank encloses an area of roughly 2400 square metres (0.24 hectares) and may mark the extent of a former farmyard, indicating that Thornworthy might previously have been a small village or hamlet, and that some settlement abandonment has occurred. Earthwork evidence for strip fields immediately to the south may support this interpretation. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 (F20) 3161-2 17-OCT-1952.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 (F20) 4041-2 08-NOV-1952.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 188-9 15-APR-1972.
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7103 4573 (56m by 89m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW100
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1464623

Record last edited

May 23 2013 9:39AM

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