MMO3094 - Medieval or post-medieval field boundaries on Silkwood Top (Monument)

Summary

Medieval or post-medieval field boundaries are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. Their slightly curved form of the boundaries suggests a medieval or early post-medieval phase of enclosure.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 6974 3757.Low spread banks forming ploughed out field boundaries. The banks form an L shape and run between c.SS69733757 and SS 6994 3766, and c. SS 6973 3757 and SS 6981 3743. [1-3] A pair of probable medieval or post-medieval field boundaries are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs on the west side of Silkwood Top, Brayford. Centred at approximately SS 6975 3749, both banks run approximately north to south between two extant field boundaries, apparently forming two small rectangular enclosures between the extant fields. The westernmost bank measures approximately 120 metres in length, while the easternmost measures 150 metres. Both are between 3 and 4 metres wide. They are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889, suggesting they were abandoned prior to this date. The slightly curved form of the boundaries suggests a medieval or early post-medieval phase of enclosure. [4-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. CPE/UK/1980 4439 (April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/14/058 (May 1977).
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6937B.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/96559 18-19 (7 May 1996).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <6>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 63 NE. MD002188. [Mapped feature: #33295 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6983 3755 (275m by 267m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS63NE
Civil Parish BRAYFORD, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17895
  • Devon SMR: SS63NE/39
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20509
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 63 NE78
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1489005

Record last edited

Jan 21 2019 4:01PM

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