MMO2369 - Post-medieval ditch or trench on Little Ashcombe (Monument)

Summary

A short ditch or trench is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the summit of Little Ashcombe, Exmoor. Its precise date and function are uncertain, but it most likely dates to the post medieval period, or possibly even to the 20th century. It may be part of the land improvement activity by the Knight family which took place in this area from the mid 19th century onwards; however, it may also be a modern agricultural feature.

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Type and Period (4)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A short ditch or trench is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the summit of Little Ashcombe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7819 4079 the ditch runs east-west and measures approximately 165 metres long by 4 metres wide. Its precise date and function are uncertain, but it most likely dates to the post medieval period, or possibly even to the 20th century. It may be part of the land improvement activity by the Knight family which took place in this area from the mid 19th century onwards; however, it may also be a modern agricultural feature (1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 106-07 12-MAR-1995.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7819 4079 (165m by 51m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1475989

Record last edited

Mar 18 2021 6:37PM

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