MMO2221 - Possible post-medieval sheepfold east of Hoaroak Water (Monument)


An earthwork bank forming a corner of a possible enclosure is visible on aerial photographs. It may represent a sheep fold that predated the one recorded to the northwest (MSO6988).

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An earthwork bank forming a corner of a possible enclosure is visible on aerial photographs [1] on moorland on the western side of Exe Plain. Located at SS 7474 4220 on an extremely steep west facing slope above an unnamed tributary of Hoaroak Water, the bank forms the corner of an enclosure apparently measuring 7 by 7 metres. The feature is not visible on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map [2], and its precise date and function remain uncertain. It may represent the remains of a post-medieval sheepfold, which was eventually replaced by the stone built sheepfold visible to the north west (MSO6988). [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 3124-25 (8 November 1952).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182. [Mapped feature: #38824 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 7474 4220 (12m by 12m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW252
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1471269

Record last edited

Oct 6 2020 12:05PM


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