MMO1941 - Possible late prehistoric boundary ditches on Lyn Down (Monument)

Summary

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks, may be boundary markers of late prehistoric date. They are part of a complex of cropmark features that may be associated with Stock Castle and Roborough Castle.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks on the western slopes of Lyn Down at circa SS 7227 4667. Part of a complex of undated cropmark features on Lyn Down and Stock Common, the cropmarks are roughly 4 metres wide and between 23 and 28 metres apart. The function of the ditches is unclear but, with a second pairing of parallel ditched features to the north, they may form territorial boundary markers of late prehistoric date associated with the Iron Age enclosed settlements of Stock Castle and Roborough Castle. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA RUN 3 5892-3 (1983).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/910 4086-7 (17 October 1952).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 023-24 (12 March 1995).
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173. [Mapped feature: #33036 ]
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1465375, Extant 10 January 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7226 4669 (128m by 381m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW146
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1465375

Record last edited

Jan 10 2022 9:46AM

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