MMO2780 - Medieval lynchets south of Common Lane (Monument)

Summary

The earthwork remains of a number of strip lynchets, most likely dating to the medieval period, are visible on aerial photographs parallel to extant field boundaries, indicating that the layout of the fields here has changed little over time.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

The slight earthwork remains of a number of curvilinear strip lynchets, most likely dating to the medieval period, are visible on aerial photographs in fields west of Muxworthy and Muxworthy Cottage. Centred at approximately SS 7103 3765, at least nine lynchets are visible, all but one running approximately southeast to northwest along the contours of the slope. The ninth lynchet lies lower down the slope, at SS 7106 3748 and therefore runs east to west, again following the contour of the slope. The lynchets vary in length from 130 to 190 metres, and are between 3 and 6 metres wide, although they may have been spread by ploughing. The strips lie parallel to each other and to the extant field boundaries, dividing them into smaller narrow fields. They are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, indicating that they were removed prior to this date, although the field system around Muxworthy appears identical to the extant system. This would seem to suggest that the pattern of the fields here has changed little since the medieval period, with the strip lynchets being removed to create larger fields over a period of years. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/2082 4056-58 (19 May 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #33164 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7109 3763 (510m by 393m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish BRAYFORD, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW120
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1484592

Record last edited

Aug 10 2021 12:19PM

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