MMO358 - Possible site of settlement and field system, South Batsom or Batcham (Monument)

Summary

A trackway and field boundaries of possible medieval or post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, to the south of Kings Wood. They may indicate an area of deserted settlement.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

For details see county SMR. (1) Centred at SS 85053385 on the northern side of the head of a stream running eastwards to the Barle is an area of slight platforming and amorphous scarping surrounded by gorse on the edge of a much improved pasture field. The area measures approximately 11.5m by 6m with further scarping beyond but it has no coherent shape. The site is littered with stone although this is the result of field clearance. A well-used terraced track runs eastwards from the site which was depicted from air photographs (2). Nothing is shown of the farm in 1839 (3), 1888 (4) or 1903 (5). It is suggested that this could be the site of South Batcham due to its proximity with North Batcham, mentioned in the 1327 Lay Subsidy (1). (2-6) A trackway and field boundaries of possible medieval or post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, centred roughly on circa SS 85103391, to the south of King's Wood. The curved shape of the field boundary visible to the west of the area, at circa SS 84953390, echoes that of the surrounding extant fields and may indicate a medieval origin. The more fragmentary low bank 320 metres to the east may be similar in form and date, but might simply be following the contours of the valley slopes. The remaining visible banks are more regular in form and appear to abut an extant boundary, and might possibly be of post-medieval date. The deeply incised trackway can be seen for over 400 metres, from King's Wood in the north to its junction wth the extant field boundary in the south. The platforming described and depicted by the authority 1 and 2 cannot clearly be seen on the available aerial photographs, although that some surface disturbance is present is clear. (7-8)

Sources/Archives (9)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 3360-1 11-APR-1947.
  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 4257-8 11-JUL-1946.
  • --- Externally held archive reference: Externally held archive. Withypool Tithe Map 1839 Somerset Record Office.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 Somerset Sheet 56:8, 1903.
  • --- Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . 1:2500 Somerset Sheet 56:8, 1888.
  • --- Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. McDonnell R 1977-85 CRAGGS Exmoor Air Photgraphic Survey.
  • --- Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. Somerset CC SMR 29-SEP-1986.
  • --- Unpublished document: Chapman, H.P.. Field Investigators Comments. Chapman HP 26-APR-1995 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 SE. MD002198.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8505 3395 (450m by 277m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS83SE
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MSO8734
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 932927
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34329
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34329

Record last edited

Oct 19 2012 2:28PM

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