MSO7558 - Undated subcircular enclosure on Knowle Hill (Monument)


An enclosure of uncertain date on Knowle Hill, noted as a low bank or wall on aerial photographs taken in 1947. The area is now under coniferous plantation and no evidence was visible during field investigation in 1998.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An enclosure on Knowle Hill was recorded from air photographs at SS 965 439. [1,2] The area in question has since been afforested and is covered with densely planted conifers. There is no field evidence for an enclosure as far as can be ascertained. [3] A sub circular enclosure on Knowle Hill, Minehead, is defined by a low bank measuring approximately 2 metres wide, and enclosing an area of approximately 0.9 hectares. Two roughly parallel banks run north-south before opening out into a larger circular area. The bank is fragmented in places, particularly at the southern end, where a larger break in the bank may indicate an entranceway. The 20th Century conifer plantation has most likely destroyed all traces of this enclosure. [4,5] Aston depicts a site at this location classed as 'Ringwork possible and probable' on his distribution map of deserted farmsteads in West Somerset. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: 1947. LHL CPE/UK/1980. 3022.
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS9643C.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 4192-93 11-APR-1947.
  • <5>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SE. MD002187. [Mapped feature: #40011 ]
  • <6> Article in serial: Aston, M.. 1983. Deserted Farmsteads on Exmoor and the Lay Subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 127. 75.



Grid reference Centred SS 965 438 (151m by 129m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO695
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11414
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7552
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE45
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE46
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1099803
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1119380
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33787

Record last edited

Jan 15 2020 4:56PM


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