MMO1996 - Medieval or post-medieval field boundary or lynchet above the West Lyn River (Monument)


A field boundary or lynchet of possible medieval or post-medieval date is visible as a levelled earthwork on aerial photographs taken in 1952 and 1972.

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A field boundary or lynchet of possible medieval or post medieval date is visible as a low earthwork on aerial photographs, centred on circa SS 7339 4907 on a west facing slope above the West Lyn River. The earthwork is curvilinear or sinuous in form and roughly follows the contours of the combe side, at about 175 metres above Ordnance Datum, for approximately 80 metres. The lynchet is not marked as a boundary on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, and is on a slightly different orientation to that of the extant field boundaries. Although many of the surrounding field boundaries display characteristics which indicate they may have origins in the medieval period, the majority of internal or subdividing boundaries are very straight and regular in form, indicating at least one phase of enclosure realignment in the post medieval period. Such reorganisation is confirmed by the survival of further curved field boundaries approximately 250 metres to the northeast at circa SS 7360 4920. As such, it is likely that this lynchet was created in the earlier medieval period, probably as an effect of medieval ploughing methods, but was superseded during the later medieval or post medieval period. The earthwork remains visible, albeit only in very low light conditions, on aerial photographs of the 1970s and on the images available on Google Earth at the time of survey. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/902(F20) 4028-9 (10 October 1952).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 028-030 (15 April 1972).
  • <4> Website: HEGARTY. World Wide Web page.



Grid reference Centred SS 7339 4907 (24m by 80m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW201
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1466370

Record last edited

Apr 11 2016 4:12PM


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