MSO7359 - Possible medieval hunting butts or natural peat tumps above Nutscale Water (Monument)

Summary

A hunting butt or hide complex has been noted on aerial photographs in this location; however, it is also possible that the visible features may be natural peat tumps.

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Full Description

Small mounds in the area are likely to be hunting butts. [1] The indicated area lies on a gentle northwest facing moorland slope above the deep river valleys of Nutscale Water. The only features identified on the ground were three or four scattered turf-covered "swellings" up to 0.3 metres high which are most probably natural peat tumps. Nothing remotely resembling a butt or hide was seen. Nothing is also visible on aerial photographs. [2-5] A northeast to southwest aligned linear earthwork centred on circa SS 8606 4241, visible on aerial photographs and recorded during the Exmoor National Mapping Programme project, may be an element of the posible hunting butt or hide complex alleged for this area. Further field investigation is required to determine the precise nature of the earthworks and they have been recorded separately. [5-7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. R McDonnell, WAT, 3 December 1976.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 30 March 1987.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR SS8642/2/296 (1 March 1979).
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3241-2 (11 April 1947).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. OS 73/109/853-4 (29 April 1973).
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/73109 950-951 (29 April 1973).
  • <7> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 84 SE. MD002185.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 858 424 (109m by 89m)
Map sheet SS84SE
Civil Parish LUCCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO162
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11332
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE52
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36105
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33688

Record last edited

Mar 4 2020 11:31AM

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