MMO3254 - Medieval or post-medieval field boundary on North Molton Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A medieval or post-medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may be associated with the deserted settlement and field system at Darlick.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A medieval or post-medieval field boundary is visible on aerial photographs as an earthwork on the northern slopes of North Molton Ridge, North Molton. Centred at approximately SS 7831 3296, the boundary is slightly curved, and aligned north to south, enclosing a section of the moor from the small stream in the valley bottom. It encloses an area measuring 300 metres long by 60 metres wide. The western half of the boundary appears to have been eroded by water action on the slope, and is visible as a slight ditch rather than a bank. The boundary is not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1891. It may be associated with the deserted settlement (MDE13263) and field system (MDE13281) at Darlick, which lies approximately 500 metres to the northwest. [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. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4246-47 (11 July 1946).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1891.
  • <3>XY Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SE. MD002195. [Mapped feature: #43724 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1492930, Extant 28 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7829 3301 (324m by 133m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73SE
Civil Parish NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 SE113
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1492930

Record last edited

Sep 28 2021 4:23PM

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