MMO480 - Medieval field system on Clannon Ball and Holcombe Burrows (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a possibly medieval field system can be seen on aerial photographs. It comprises an extensive system of curvilinear banks forming irregular fields and incomplete enclosures.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Centred at SS 7550 4400 are the remains of an extensive medieval or later field system, first recorded from aerial photographs as a series of low banks forming long curving boundaries and fields. [1-4] The remains extend over the predominantly southwest slopes of Clannon Ball and Holcombe Burrows, which form the eastern side of Farley Water. They comprise and extensive system of curvilinear banks forming irregular fields and incomplete enclosures. There is no trace of associated settlement. [5] The field system described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs, extending from Clannon Ball in the South as far as Pig Hill and covering an area more than 1.4 kilometres in length. In places the field banks have been eroded by water running alongside them, leaving a ditch or cut feture adjacent to the former location of the bank. The form of the enclosures and field system strongly suggest a medieval, piecemeal pattern of enclosure. The banks are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1889 and the area is shown as open moorland, suggesting the system had been abandoned some time prior to publication. [6-9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM 13/074 May 1977.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK 1980.3078 April 1947.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK 1980.4075 April 1947.
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Field Investigators Comment. RCHME Field Investigation, 22 June 1994.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1655 4071-72 (11 July 1946).
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 075-76 (12 March 1995).
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <9>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32925 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7561 4397 (1119m by 1414m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18187
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18189
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 21632
  • Devon SMR: SS74SE/29
  • Devon SMR: SS74SE/31
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE12762
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20827
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20829
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE118
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1039101

Record last edited

Oct 7 2020 12:16PM

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