MMO2787 - Medieval field boundary east of South Whitefield Farm (Monument)

Summary

A short length of a bank is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on former moorland. It resembles a former medieval field boundary, and may mark the limits of the extant fields to the south, as it aligns closely with them.

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Protected Status

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Full Description

A short length of a bank is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on former moorland east of South Whitefield Farm, Brayford. Centred at approximately SS 7083 3589, the bank runs east to west for some 230 metres, turning inwards to the south at both ends. At the western end this inturn is cut by the post medieval footpath which is still in use today. The bank resembles a former field boundary, and may mark the limits of the extant fields to the south, as it aligns closely with them. Other field boundaries on Whitefield Down to the north-east are believed to date to a medieval enclosure attempt, and it is likely that this boundary is contemporary with the system. Like the larger field system, this bank is not depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map, and the area is shown as open moorland, indicating the bank had been abandoned long enough to be invisible and for the area to revert to moorland. Whitefield Down has been further enclosed and ploughed throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the bank is not apparent on later photographs of the area, suggesting it has been levelled by ploughing. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 3274-75 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F62) 181-82 (27 April 1964).
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NW. MD002189. [Mapped feature: #33158 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7083 3588 (226m by 98m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish BRAYFORD, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW127
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484659

Record last edited

Aug 31 2020 12:05AM

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