MMO2216 - Medieval field boundary above the River Barle (Monument)

Summary

A possible medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as a linear earthwork on moorland above the River Barle, Exmoor. The boundary is constructed along the top of the valley, and follows the contours of the area closely. It may have been constructed to prevent soil slipping down the valley slope, or to enclose stock. The area is shown as moorland on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting that the boundary had been abandoned some considerable time prior to publication and the area allowed to revert to moorland.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as a linear earthwork on moorland above the River Barle, Exmoor. Located at approximately SS 7239 4034, two sections of the boundary are visible constructed along the top of the valley, and following the contours of the area closely. The longer section, at SS 7238 4035 measures approximately 100 metres and runs north north west to south south east. The shorter section, at SS 7241 4028 is more curvilinear, and measures 65 metres in length. Both sections vary in width very slightly, from 1 to 2.5 metres. This boundary may have been constructed to prevent soil slipping down the valley slope, or to enclose stock. The area is shown as moorland on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting that the boundary had been abandoned some considerable time prior to publication and the area allowed to revert to moorland (1-2).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 993-94 29-APR-1973.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 1890.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7239 4031 (66m by 174m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1471236

Record last edited

Mar 28 2018 11:32AM

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