MSO11053 - Undated grassmarks at Birch Cleave (Monument)


Grassmarks of unknown date were visible on aerial photographs taken in 1947. These represent ditches and banks, with a possible building.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small group of grass marked ditches and banks were visible on aerial photographs taken in 1947, along with possible building remains. [1, 2] SS 7796 3949. A building is alleged at this location, however no trace could be detected during field investigation. The location given is an area of rough pasture land with at least one slight amorphous platform but is too indistinct to allow confident measurement or interpretation. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. N.B. It appears an incorrect grid reference was provided to the RCHME, leading to a site over 100 metres to the north being investigated in error. [4,5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Aerial photograph reference number . LHL CPE/UK/1980 3454 (April 1947).
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. 7739. [Mapped feature: #46568 ]
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 October 1994.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1099611, Extant 22 November 2021.
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 22 November 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7798 3934 (148m by 127m)
Map sheet SS73NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6922
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE28
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1099611
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33192

Record last edited

Nov 22 2021 4:06PM


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