MMO2667 - Possible post-medieval earthwork northwest of Fernhill (Monument)

Summary

A rectangular earthwork bank visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards may be the remains of a building platform or pond, possibly associated with the deserted post-medieval settlement of Fernhill.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A rectangular earthwork bank visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards may be the remains of a building platform or pond, possibly associated with the former settlement of Fernhill, located approximately 160 metres to the southeast. The 10 by 15 metre platform is centred on SS 9235 4122, at an elevation of approximately 270 metres above Ordnance Datum, on north facing slopes above a tributary to the River Avill. It appears to be revetted or enclosed by earthwork banks on the north facing side, which either include an entrance or have been breached roughly halfway along their length. A gulley appears to run downstream from this gap in the earthworks, but it is unclear if this is a deliberate construction. No features are marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map or any subsequent map of this area and the earthworks may therefore predate 1889. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9241/015 (24928/07) (12 February 2008).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186. [Mapped feature: #32464 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9235 4122 (25m by 20m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SW
Civil Parish WOOTTON COURTENAY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW130
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1482505

Record last edited

Aug 17 2020 9:59PM

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