MMO678 - Medieval and post-medieval earthworks at Cophole Farm (Monument)


A possible shrunken settlement, ridge and furrow, fragments of a catch meadow irrigation system and a small mound of uncertain function have been noted in aerial photographs.

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A post-medieval catch meadow irrigation system was noted on aerial photos at Cophole Farm. Centred at SS 986 324. [1,2] This area was looked at during the Brendon Hills Mapping Project. There was no sign of a catch meadow system at the location described by the previous authority, however, several other features were visible on the available air photographs. Two fields of probable medieval or post-medieval ridge and furrow are visible at SS 9870 3235 and SS 9815 3250. A small number of drainage ditches centred around SS 983 327, may be the fragments of a catch meadow system. A number of linked ditched and banked linear features are visible to the west of Cophole Farm buildings (SS 9840 3235). These features appear to include a possible hollow way, and may form part of a shrunken or deserted farmstead. A small mound is visible at SS 9813 3259, which is of uncertain date and function. [3-5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Francis, P.. 1984. A Survey and Description of the Catch Meadow Irrigation Systems. 40.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 1150.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 1149-50 (23 January 1947).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL/77037 221-222 (26 November 1977).
  • <5> Archive: Dyer, C.. 1998. RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 SE. AF1118137.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1118301, Extant 4 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9844 3255 (749m by 587m) (3 map features)
Map sheet SS93SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11920
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8903
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SE28
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1118301
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34499

Record last edited

May 4 2022 4:13PM


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