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] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [10]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <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 Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980.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 Unpublished document: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.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> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.
  • <10>XY Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1039101, Extant 8 June 2021. [Mapped feature: #47259 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7581 4387 (1509m by 1604m) Area covered by NMP data smaller.
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Events/Activities (2)

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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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1039101

Record last edited

Jun 16 2021 3:55PM

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