MMO284 - (Monument)


A group of earthwork platforms at Warren Farm forming a roughly rectangular block 30m by 25m. The date of the features is uncertain. It is possible that they pre-date Warren Farm in which case they would be of medieval date and associated with the nearby pillow mounds.

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For details see County SMR. (1) A group of earthwork platforms centred at SS 7942 4068 some 80m south of Warren Farm. They form a roughly rectangular block measuring approximatley 30m by 25m. At least four sub-rectangular platforms are visible, but they do not form a coherent plan. They are defined by scarps up to 0.6m high cut into the natural slopes, with corresponding scarps on their downslope sides. One of the platforms appears almost sub-circular, but this impression could be the result of animal feeders having been placed on it in the past. The date of these earthworks is uncertain. They seem to pre-date the existing Warren Farm, and are cut by one of the system of catchwater leats (SS 74 SE 58). Their most likely context is the medieval or early post-medieval period, and they may be associated with the pillow mounds (SS 74 SE 37) amongst which they lie. The suggestion that they might be prehistoric is less likely. Survey at 1:2500 scale. (2) Several of the earthworks described above are visible on aerial photographs; however, it is difficult to discern a pattern. At least one sub-rectangular platform is visible, together with the sub-circular platfrom described above. The leats for the catchwater meadow cut through the sub-rantangular platform, indicating they predate the 19th century settlement phase at Warren Farm (4).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 135-36 12-MAR-1995.
  • --- Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Wilson-North W R 09-AUG-1994 RCHME Field Investigation..
  • --- Survey: Warren Farm/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • --- Survey: Warren Farm/ink survey . 1:2500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • --- Collection: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Exmoor Project.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.



Grid reference Centred SS 7946 4066 (53m by 34m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO6941
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 867232
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33076
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33077

Record last edited

Mar 26 2018 10:32AM


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