MMO3016 - Post-medieval field system on Riscombe Down (Monument)

Summary

The earthwork remains of a former field system can be seen on aerial photographs. They may be evidence of an episode of failed or abandoned enclosure of post-medieval date.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The earthwork remains of a former field system can be seen on aerial photographs, on the north facing slopes of Riscombe Down, above the River Exe, centred on circa SS 8252 3955. The visible boundaries take the form of earthwork banks and gullies, probably evidence for the erosion of former earthworks. All are aligned across the contours of the steepest slope of Riscombe Down, roughly north to south, between 360 and 315 metres above Ordnance Datum. They are still clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1970s. [1-3] McDonnell also transcribed a group of banks here forming rectangular fields. He suggests the more irregular banks he notes to the west end may be paths. [4-6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F63) 161-2 (27 April 1963).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 1056-8 (29 April 1973).
  • <3> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980 4316 (April 1947).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. HSL/UK/71-178 83/9304 (September 1971).
  • <6>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS8239D. [Mapped feature: #32747 ]
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488379, Extant 27 August 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8240 3959 (750m by 216m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW114
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488379

Record last edited

Aug 27 2021 10:04PM

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