MSO12190 - Modern tree circle on Wootton Common (Non-antiquity)


A group of trees were originally suspected to occupy the site of a possible earthwork feature but are the result of clear felling of a former coniferous plantation.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

[SS 942 438] A rapid examination of aerial photography shows a possible circular enclosure visible as a ring of scrub/low trees in a conifer plantation on Wootton Common. [1,2] The area of the National Grid Reference is one of former coniferous plantation which has recently been clear felled leaving a broad and irregular swathe of deciduous trees, which form an irregular `enclosure'. There is no earthwork component to this feature, and nothing to suggest any feature of archaeological interest. It appears that the deciduous trees are the remnants of broad leaved woodland surviving between blocks and areas of coniferous planting. [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. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Aerial photograph: 1989. DAP OF8. [Mapped feature: #34337 ]
  • <2> Archive: Miller, A.. 1993-55. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. 17 February 1993.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 2 July 1997.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 609551, Extant 24 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9419 4379 (46m by 42m)
Map sheet SS94SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6275
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW73
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 609551
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35235

Record last edited

May 24 2022 12:00PM


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