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Higher Ditch

Hob Uid: 1118227
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Brompton Regis, Upton
Grid Ref : SS9890031350
Summary : The deserted farmstead of Higher Ditch, immediately to the east of Ditch Farm. Several small cottage enclosures are visible on the 6" and 1:10,000 OS maps of the area. Aerial photographs clearly show the presence of an extensive ridge and furrow field system in fields surrounding both farms, as well as some drainage ditches, possibly part of a catch meadow drainage system and several field banks. No structural remains are visible on the ground.
More information : The deserted farmstead of Higher Ditch, immediately to the east of Ditch Farm. Documentary evidence indicates the presence of several small cottage enclosures which are still visible on the 6" and 1:10,000 OS maps of the area. (1-2)

Aerial photographs clearly show the presence of an extensive ridge and furrow field system in fields surrounding both farms, as well as some drainage ditches, possible part of a catch meadow drainage system and several field banks. (3-7)

The site of Lower Ditch is now occupied by a pond. No structural remains are evident on the site. The former farmstead is approached from the south-west by a hollow way 5 m wide and 0.7 m deep. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Ridler JK 31.05.1978
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Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 127, 1983
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Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : SCPD 3.003.009 December 1977
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Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : SCPD HSL/UK/71-177 run 99, 8815 Sept 1971
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Source Number : 5
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : WAT 9831, 9931 SCPD
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Source Number : 6
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/2082 3024-4 19-MAY-1947
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Source Number : 7
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1420 3479-80 15-APR-1946
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 7 Sep 1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Farmstead, Deserted Settlement, Ridge And Furrow, Field Boundary, Drainage System
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33410
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 93 SE 34
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: BRENDON HILLS MAPPING PROJECT, NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-10-01