MMO529 - Post-medieval field system on Spangate Land (Monument)

Summary

A post-medieval field system is visible as low earthworks on Spangate land and the south-eastern slopes of Dunkery Hill. The field system may be associated with the deserted settlement of Spangate.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Numerous low banks or walls on the edges of Dunkery Hill forming a field system. [1-4] The remains of a post-medieval field system lie on the southeast edge of Dunkery Hill, centred at SS 915 415. The field system covers an area of some 1 kilometre squared, and may have been associated with the occupation of Spangate, a farmstead across the valley which was deserted very recently (MSO6262). The field system was surveyed using differential GPS as part of the RCHME Exmoor Project. [5] A post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs as low earthworks centred on circa SS 915 413, extending for just over 50 hectares (0.5 square kilometres) over Spangate land and the southeastern slopes of Dunkery Hill. A small area of narrow ridge and furrow, probably evidence for post-medieval cultivation, can be seen on Spangate Land. The field system was transcribed as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey. The remains in more scrubby vegetation to the west of Brockwell iron pits are being recorded by aerial photographic transcription. [1,3,4,6-9] It was later decided that these areas would fall outside the bounds of the aerial survey. [10] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [11,12]

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3231-3 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1971. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 93. 8729.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: 1971. HSL.UK.71-177 Run 91, September. 8686, 8688.
  • <4> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 9140, 9141, 9142 and 9241.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 5 March 1997.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 9141/2 (2113/1114) (20 April 1982).
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/79014 047-8 (17 April 1979).
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3180, 4175-7 (11 April 1947).
  • <9>XY Archive: Hegarty, C.. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186. [Mapped feature: #32474 ]
  • <10> Verbal communication: Crutchley, S.. Various. RCHME/EH Aerial Photographers Comment. 17 March 1999.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1082549, Extant 24 May 2022.
  • <12> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1086665, Updated 24 May 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9155 4130 (1109m by 830m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS94SW
Civil Parish WOOTTON COURTENAY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11787
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6286
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6297
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW63
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW87
  • National Trust HER Record
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1082549
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1086665
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34359

Record last edited

May 24 2022 12:44PM

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