MMO726 - Linear field bank north of Bessom Cross (Monument)


Linear field bank and possible post-medieval extraction features, on aerial photographs taken in 1947 and 1977. The end of the field bank has been submerged by the Wimbleball Reservoir.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Linear field bank running from the road at the Bessom Bridge, north-east to the top of the adjacent ridge. The southern end of this feature has been submerged by the Wimbleball Reservoir. Along the top of this ridge, north of Bessom Cross, are three linear groups of small mounds, running obliquely across the ridge, parallel to each other. These mounds, superfically look like quarry debris although they may be of natural origin. Only a field visit would clarify their origin. [1] In the vicinity of the features described above, only a narrow linear outcrop of limestone could be seen in a pasture field north of Bessom Cross. The features noted on air photographs may be associated with the sporadic quarrying of the outcrop, although no evidence for systematic exploitation is visible. [3]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1944 1152-5 23-JAN-47.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAL/77037 220-1 26-NOV-1977.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. R Wilson-North 7 Sep 1998 RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <4> Archive: RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 SE. AF1118137.



Grid reference Centred SS 9752 3191 (414m by 351m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS93SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8921
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 SE53
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1120528

Record last edited

Nov 19 2013 10:01AM


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