MMO2788 - Medieval field boundary southeast of South Whitefield Farm (Monument)

Summary

A curvilinear field boundary, of probable medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It lies parallel to extant field boundaries to the east and west, and was probably constructed at the same time.

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Full Description

A curvilinear field boundary, of probable medieval date, is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork south of South Whitefield Farm, Brayford. Centred at approximately SS 7049 3578, the boundary runs approximately north to south, curving to the west, and measuring some 135 metres in length. At both its northern and southern ends it appears to have connected with extant field boundaries. In addition, it lies parallel to extant field boundaries to the east and west, and was probably constructed at the same time. The curved form of the boundary is typical of medieval field systems, and it seems likely that the system around Whitefield has changed very little since the medieval period, with only a few boundaries, such as this one, being removed to create larger fields as required. The boundary is not depicted on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting it was removed prior to this date. [1-3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 543/2821 (F62) 181-82 (27 April 1964).
  • <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: #33157 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7050 3577 (41m by 137m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS73NW
Civil Parish BRAYFORD, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NW128
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1484674

Record last edited

Aug 30 2020 11:56PM

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