MSO7342 - Subrectangular enclosure on Stoke Ridge (Monument)

Summary

A sub-rectangular enclosure measures 8 metres by 12 metres, and is defined by a turf-covered bank of 1 metre to 1.3 metres wide that overlaps on the northwest side to form an entrance. The date and function of the enclosure are uncertain.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 881 430. A low stone bank, forming a sub-rectangular feature approx 7.0 metres by 12.0 metres was recorded on the southeast side of Stoke Ridge by McDonnellin 1981. It is made of stone on the northeast side. The interior surface is(?) levelled into the hillslope and there is a possible but unlikely entrance in the southeast corner. It may be a house site. [1] At SS 8807 4299 is a small enclosure of somewhat pentagonal form, at about 372 metres Ordnance Datum and oriented with a gentle southeast slope, below the summit of Stoke Ridge. Internally it measures 12 metres by 8 metres and is formed by a turf covered bank 1 to 1.3 metres wide and 0.2 to 0.3 metres high. This appears to be of earth and small rubble stones with a few larger ones.The southern length of bank is curved but the others are straight. The interior is levelled. A 4.5 metre gap along the south east side is not an entrance and seems to be the result of removal of the bank, traces of which are still visible. The true entrance appears to be in the north west end where the bank overlaps for 3 metres, leaving an entrance way 1.2 metres wide. This, and a possible building stance 50 metres to the south (MSO7341), are listed as prehistoric by [1,2] but the unusual form of the enclosure suggests a later date and even some type of fold seems not impossible. [3,4] Exactly as described by [3], except that it appears to be too small to be classified as a fold. Surveyed with GPS. [5-6] A small sub-rectangular enclosure on the south-east side of Stoke Ridge, Luccombe parish, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs centred on circa SS 88074299. The enclosure has been transcribed from aerial photographs during the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey. The full extent of the enclosure, including the entrance on the north west side, is not visible on the available aerial photographs, but the regular form of the enclosure is clear. [7-8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. Visited 11 February 1981.
  • <2> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 126 (1983), 65.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 April 87.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 16 April 87.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 January 1997.
  • <6> Survey: Enclosure at SS 84 SE 27/ink survey . 1:500. General: Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 850 (29 April 1973).
  • <8> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR SS8843/5 (15869/05) (20 January 1998).

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8807 4298 (14m by 15m)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO151
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11365
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE27
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36037
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33721

Record last edited

Aug 28 2014 5:24PM

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