MMO3137 - Medieval or post-medieval strip field system west of Knaplock (Monument)

Summary

Subtle earthwork evidence visible on aerial photographs indicates the presence of a former strip-field system of possible medieval to post-medieval date.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Subtle earthwork evidence visible on aerial photographs indicates the presence of a former strip field system of possible medieval to the west of Knaplock, centred on circa SS 8647 3321. The remains are almost completely levelled but can be seen most clearly as curved field boundary banks to the southwest of Knaplock, along the combe of a tributary to the River Barle, immediately to the south of Watery Lane. To the north of the road, however, the earthworks are much lower probably due to more sustained agricultural improvements. The fragmentary remains cover an area of at least 27 hectares, perpetuating the pattern of curved field boundaries that now comprises the extant field system. Unfortunately very few of these earthworks survive in a coherent enough form to be transcribed. Nonetheless, the few examples that survive indicate that the strips were enclosed at widths of 18 to 40 metres wide. [1,2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/2082 4037-8 (19 May 1947).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SE. MD002198. [Mapped feature: #32711 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8634 3301 (741m by 583m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SE
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape / NRHE HOB UID: 1490681

Record last edited

Apr 5 2021 10:16PM

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