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Monument Number 1072574

Hob Uid: 1072574
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Porlock
Grid Ref : SS8409443974
Summary : A field bank possibly created to enclose the exceptionally steep slopes here. It is believed to be of post medieval date.
More information : At SS 8411 4397 on the very steep east facing slopes of Weir Water is a field bank. It runs along the contour close to the crest of the natural slope, and turns downslope at either end. It therefore seems to have been created to enclose these precipitously steep slopes. It is probably post-medieval in date.
Surveyed with GPS, August 1996. (1)

The field boundary bank is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, running for approximately 100 metres along the 400 metre OD contour, on a roughly north-west to south-east orientation. As described above, the boundary appears to turn downslope at either end, but on the aerial photographs available to the survey, these lateral arms appear to be largely eroded and defined by the resultant gulleys or channels. (2-3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 12-AUG-1996 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 4084-6 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 540/931 (F20) 3054-5 08-NOV-1952
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Field Boundary
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO7947
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 15649
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 84 SW 144
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Related Warden Records :
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