MMO2698 - Possible post-medieval square enclosure on northern slopes of Luccombe Hill (Monument)

Summary

Subtle earthworks can be seen on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. The features are visible as a linear ditch and flanking earthwork bank, possibly defining the eastern edge of a small square enclosure of post-medieval date.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Subtle earthworks can be seen on the north facing slopes of Luccombe Hill on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 9105 4365. The features are visible as a linear ditch and flanking earthwork bank approximately 20 metres long and up to 3 metres wide. It is probably the bank is composed of spoil from the excavation of the ditch. The function of the earthworks is unclear. It is possible that the bank and ditch form the eastern edge of a small square enclosure, defined by even lower earthworks, but this cannot be stated with any confidence due to the moorland vegetation cover on Luccombe Hill. They may be related to earthworks previously recorded as MSO11864. The function of the earthworks is also unclear. If the remains do form a small enclosure they may have been used as a stock enclosure. Further field investigation is required. The ditch remains visible on aerial photographs of 1970. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4096-7 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/70380 172-3 (23 September 1970).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186. [Mapped feature: #32447 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9105 4365 (11m by 25m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SW
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW161
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1482778

Record last edited

Aug 12 2020 11:23AM

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