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Monument Number 1460799

Hob Uid: 1460799
Location :
Somerset
West Somerset
Oare
Grid Ref : ST0676653178
Summary : Several field boundaries of possible medieval date, are visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks on the summit and north-eastern slope of Black Hill, forming two large rectangular fields. They are similar in size and form to relict field systems to the north-east between Outer Alscott Combe and Inner Alscott Combe and appear to represent a failed enclosure attempt. The boundaries are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and the area is shown as open Moorland.
More information : Several field boundaries of possible medieval date are visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks on the summit and north-eastern slope of Black Hill, forming two large rectangular fields. Centred at SS 8172 4531, two parallel boundaries are visible, running approximately east-west. The southernmost boundary runs in this direction for approximately 275 metres, before turning 90 degrees to the north at the eastern end and running north-south for approximately 50 metres. The northernmost boundary runs east-west for approximately 230 metres before turning 90 degrees at the western end and running north-south for 20 metres. Between the two boundaries at SS 8172 4530 fragments of a dividing bank are visible, as well as a gully formed by water eroding an existing boundary as it runs downslope. From the surviving banks it is possible to see that this system consisted of two fields, a smaller one to the east measuring 115 metres wide and a larger field to the west measuring 200 metres wide.
These fields are similar in size and form to relict field systems to the north-east between Outer Alscott Combe and Inner Alscott Combe (see NMR UID 1371692) and appear to represent a failed enclosure attempt. The boundaries are not depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and the area is shown as open Moorland, suggesting that the boundaries had gone out of use by this time and the area had reverted to Moorland (1-2).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/79013 202 17-APR-1979
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:10560 1889
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Field System
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 NW 110
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1371692
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01