MSO12579 - Medieval or post-medieval field system at Western Brockholes (Monument)


A medieval or post-medieval field system is visible on aerial photographs.

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At Western Brockholes, a narrow precipitous spur west of West Myne, are a number of small stone quarries (MSO7677) and a redundant field boundary. The field boundary marks a failed attempt to enclose the end of the spur. The field boundary is at SS 91860 48960. [1] The field bank referred to above [1] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The photographs show that this field bank is part of a larger medieval or post-medieval field system. The field system is centred at SS 9226 4869 to the west of West Myne farm and comprises numerous field banks many of which have subsequently been levelled by either modern ploughing or Second World War military activities. [2-4] A low bank runs from the corner of the present fields and returns along the cliff, presumably an earlier line of the edge of the fields. [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 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 7 April 1998.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 4011-4012 (11 July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS-79012 029-030 (17 April 1979).
  • <4>XY Archive: Dickson, A.. 2007. Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #38546 ]
  • <5> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. Chris Webster, Somerset SMR, Somerset County Council, July 1998.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1131106, Extant 12 May 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 9219 4864 (786m by 705m) Aerial survey
Map sheet SS94NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO830
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW137
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA167630
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1131106
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (0-20)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (20-50)
  • Shoreline Management Plan 2 (50-100)
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35787

Record last edited

May 12 2022 10:18AM


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