MMO2002 - Medieval field boundary on South Hill Common (Monument)

Summary

A field boundary of possible medieval date is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards as a low earthwork bank.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A curvilinear or sinuous field boundary of possible medieval date is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards as a low earthwork bank, climbing the south-west facing slope of South Hill Common, Countisbury parish, for approximately metres from circa SS 7460 4913 to SS 7459 4926. The boundary is not marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 [4] and was therefore probably abandoned prior to this date, at the latest during the post-medieval period. However, the curvilinear or partly sinuous form of the earthwork, and its possible alignment upon the corners of extant field boundaries, which are probably of medieval origin, may support the interpretation that this field was enclosed during this earlier period. The earthwork is still partly visible on aerial photographs of 1972, but is completely obscured by vegetation by 1995. [1-5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 -1948. Vertical Aerial Photography. RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20)3146-7 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72065 030-031 (15 April 1972).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS/95026 052-053 (12 March 1995).
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7458 4920 (60m by 131m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish COUNTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW207
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1466827

Record last edited

Apr 12 2016 12:32PM

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