MMO2913 - Post-medieval field boundaries north of Simonsbath Barton (Monument)


Post-medieval field boundaries are visible on aerial photographs as earthworks. The boundaries form three rectangular enclosures, likely do not predate 1816 and were abandoned prior to 1889.

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The earthwork remains of post-medieval field boundaries are visible on aerial photographs north of Simonsbath Barton, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7693 3966 the field boundaries form three rectangular enclosures, each measuring approximately 30 metres long by 20 metres wide. They are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting they were abandoned prior to publication in 1889. Since the area was part of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor, it seems unlikely that these enclosures date to earlier than 1816, when the forest was purchased by the Knight family. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 1047-48 (29 April 1973).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #33215 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487108, Extant 22 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7696 3965 (71m by 96m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE116
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487108

Record last edited

Nov 22 2021 10:03PM


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