MMO2443 - Possible medieval parish boundary earthworks at north of Almsworthy Common (Monument)


Three linear banks are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. They might be the remains of a former parish boundary marker, possibly of medieval date.

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Full Description

Three roughly parallel linear banks are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs on the northern edge of Almsworthy Common, centred on circa SS 8400 4210. The date and function of the earthworks is unclear from the aerial photographs alone. However, it is probable that their western extent has been destroyed by an extensive area of peat extraction immediately to the west, and it is likely therefore that the linear features predate the heyday of industry, which has been placed in the first half of the 18th Century. The banks follow a course roughly parallel to the Exford/Luccombe parish boundary as it passes over the highest point of Almsworthy Common some 30 metres to the north. This may support a tentative interpretation of the remains as evidence of several phase of a former parish boundary bank, potentially medieval in date. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 3098-9 (8 November 1952).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SW. MD002184. [Mapped feature: #32588 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1477666, Extant 20 July 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 8402 4209 (208m by 89m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW216
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1477666

Record last edited

Jul 20 2021 3:04PM


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