MMO806 - Post-medieval field system on Withiel Hill (Monument)

Summary

The earthwork remains of an extensive field system of post-medieval date comprising banked rectilinear fields, an enclosed trackway and traces of cultivation marks within the fields.

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Full Description

A field system in the form of banks creating large and small fields, irregular sub fields and a trackway were noted on aerial photographs taken of Withiel Hill in 1947 and 1971. The area had been ploughed. [1-3] The extensive earthwork remains of a post-medieval field system on Withiel Hill which consists of banked rectilinear enclosures with traces of cultivation marks within many of the fields. The narrow ridge and furrow cultivation is described separately in record MSO8957. The field system is cut through by a trackway known as the Herepath Saxon Trackway (MSO11642) which is defined in part by the field system with traces of extensive use and reuse. The trackway is aligned roughly east to west and marks the line of the parish boundary between the parishes of Treborough/Luxborough and Bompton Regis. The field system and trackway were seen as earthworks and mapped from aerial photographs. [4-6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: KING, LK. Aerial photograph. CPE.UK.1980 3334-3335 (April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: KING, LK. Aerial photograph. SCPD HSL.UK.71-177 run 99, 8810 (September 1971).
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS9835I, SS9935C.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980/3333-6 (11 April 1947).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/3320-1 (11 July 1946).
  • <6>XY Archive: Small, F.. 1998. RCHME: Brendon Hills Mapping Project, SS 93 NE. AF1133887. [Mapped features: #35245 ; #35246 ; #35247 ]
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1128212, Extant 26 April 2022.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9939 3548 (1914m by 1261m) (3 map features)
Map sheet SS93NE
Civil Parish BROMPTON REGIS, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Civil Parish LUXBOROUGH, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Civil Parish TREBOROUGH, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11407
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7487
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE70
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1128212
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33763

Record last edited

Apr 26 2022 12:19PM

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