MMO2280 - Medieval or post-medieval field boundaries at Sweetworthy (Monument)

Summary

Medieval or post-medieval field boundaries or boundary banks are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs.

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Protected Status

Full Description

Two field boundaries or boundary banks of medieval or possibly post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of Sweetworthy, Luccombe parish. The northernmost bank, centred on circa SS 8887 4275, is sinuous in course as it roughly follows the contours of the hill for approximately 500 metres. The shorter southern bank, centred on circa SS 8894 4256, is approximately 170 metres in length and defines the southern extent of the enclosed area, almost six hectares, of north facing slope above East Water. The enclosed area is immediately to the north of the deserted medieval settlement (MSO7346) with which it may be associated, and the earthworks appear to abut, or at least be aligned upon, the largest prehistoric enclosure at Sweetworthy (MSO7333). Evidence for post medieval agricultural improvement of the enclosed pasture may be visible as narrow ridge and furrow running west to east along the contours, on a similar alignment to the southern earthwork bank, but this may simply be an effect of soil slip on the gentle slopes and has not been transcribed. [1-4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79013 259-260 (17 April 1979).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8842/43 (23826/28) (19 February 2005).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 8842/36-8 23831/22-4 (19 February 2005).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1473440, Extant 16 March 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8893 4265 (361m by 216m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE158
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1473440

Record last edited

Mar 16 2022 5:41PM

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