MMO2241 - Medieval or post-medieval field boundaries on Prestcott Down (Monument)

Summary

Field boundaries of probable medieval or post-medieval date can be seen as earthwork banks on aerial photographs of the 1940s on former common land. They probably represent remnants of a failed attempt at enclosing the commons.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Field boundaries of probable medieval or post-medieval date can be seen as earthwork banks on aerial photographs of the 1940s, centred on circa SS 8573 4015, on the western edge of former common land in Exford parish. The field boundaries are not marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 upon which the surrounding area is depicted as rough grazing, probably part of the common land of Prestcott Down, and probably predate the publication of the map. The boundaries are aligned upon the surrounding extant field boundaries, defining sub-rectangular fields with predominantly straight edges and areas of under two hectares. They are probably remnants of a failed attempt at enclosing the commons in the late medieval or post-medieval period, potentially associated with similar features circa 300 and 550 metres to the north and the deserted settlement of Holmoor some 400 metres to the northeast. By 1947 this area has been enclosed and the earthworks damaged by improvement of the pasture. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 F20 4166-7 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8570 4013 (261m by 122m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE119
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1472782

Record last edited

Sep 2 2014 1:52PM

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