MSO8069 - Possible medieval or World War two rectangular enclosure west of Selworthy Beacon (Monument)
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Type and Period (2)
Rectangular enclosure seen on false colour infra red aerial photographs. [1,2] The site was investigated as part of the RCHME Exmoor survey. No field remains were visible at the National Grid Reference given. The area is smothered with thick, tall gorse.  Nothing obvious on the ground in 1998. There are various patches of vegetation in the area which may form or indicate the 'enclosure'.  The rectangular enclosure referred to above [1-3] is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs. The enclosure is centred at SS 9146 4802 and encloses an area that measures 43 metres long by 30 metres wide. The enclosure is defined by a ditch measuring about 2.5 metres in width though northern side appears to be narrower. The enclosure is barely seen on photographs taken in 1946 as the area is obscured by tank tracks from training carried out here during the Second World War (MSO8096). The enclosure may be related to Second World War military activity but the earthwork seems to predate this and may be part of the medieval field system still extant further to the north recorded as MSO8075. [5-8]
- <1> SSO200 Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1981. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. 2624.
- <2> SSO708 Survey: Western Archaeological Trust. 1980s. Exmoor Aerial Photograph Survey. 9148.
- <3> SMO7322 Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 1998.
- <4> SSO2075 Unassigned: Webster, Chris. July 1998. Comments from SMRO.
- <5> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655 3015-3016 (11 July 1946).
- <6> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/82/860 006-007 (23 February 1954).
- <7> SMO4068 Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/76047 230 (25 June 1976).
- <8>XY SMO7542 Archive: Severn Estuary Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment: SS 94 NW. MD000133. [Mapped feature: #40008 ]
|Grid reference||Centred SS 9145 4802 (64m by 55m)|
|Civil Parish||SELWORTHY, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Events/Activities (1)
External Links (1)
- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1119175 (Original Monarch entry: 1119175)
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO690
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11600
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW44
- Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1119175
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 34006
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Nov 4 2020 4:38PM
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