MMO2408 - Medieval or post-medieval enclosures east of Badgworthy Water (Monument)

Summary

Several curvilinear banks are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks forming at least two subrectangular enclosures. They may be associated with a medieval or 19th Century deer park, or associated with the nearby deserted settlement.

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Type and Period (4)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Several curvilinear banks are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks east of Badgworthy Water and medieval village. Centred at SS 7958 4464, the curved boundaries form at least two enclosures, measuring approximately 160 metres long by 120 metres wide. At the southern end of the enclosures is a small fir plantation, presumably planted in the 19th century. The area is marked "Deer Park" on both the modern and the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. According to Burton, a deer park was constructed here by Nicholas Snow of Oare manor in 1825. However, given that this area is within the former Royal Forest of Exmoor, it is possible they were part of an earlier medieval deer park. The boundaries may also be associated with the nearby deserted settlement. [1-6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 270-71 (16 August 1972).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 4067-68 (8 November 1952).
  • <3> Monograph: Burton, R.A.. 1989. The Heritage of Exmoor. Roger A. Burton. pp 94-95.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2004. 1:10000, 2004. 1:10,000.
  • <6>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32924 ]
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1476631, Extant 8 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7960 4461 (296m by 223m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE257
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1476631

Record last edited

Jun 9 2021 2:18PM

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