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Monument Number 1461421

Hob Uid: 1461421
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Combe Martin
Grid Ref : SS6055946955
Summary : A number of probable medieval field boundaries and lynchets are visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks in two fields to the north of Vellacott Lane. The boundaries and lynchets appear to be overlain by extant post-medieval boundaries in the area, suggesting that these earthworks represent the remains of medieval agricultural activity in this area.
More information : A number of probable medieval field boundaries and lynchets are visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthworks in two fields to the north of Vellacott Lane. Centred at approximately SS 6050 4692 at least three, possibly five boundaries are visible. The westernmost boundary, at approximately SS 6039 4699, runs aprroximately north south for 90 metres. A second boundary, at SS 6041 4687 runs in roughly the same alignment, and measures 120 metres long. Situated at SS 6058 4692, two boundaries which appear to form a corner are visible, measuring 50 metres along the east-west alignment by 60 metres along the north-south alignment.
Two well-defined lynchets are visible on the edge of a steep drop to the north. The westernmost of these, located at SS 6055 4701, measures 170 metres long, and is overlain by an extant field boundary at SS 6049 4703. The second is situated at SS 6067 4694 and measures 150 metres long. Both lynchets follow the edge of the scarp and run in a north-west to south-east direction.
Additional banks and earthworks can be seen on oblique aerial photographs taken in February 2008.
None of the boundaries and lynchets are depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting that the extant field pattern was well-established by the time of publication. It is likely that these earthworks represent the remains of medieval agricultural activity in this area (1-3).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72065 165-66 15-APR-1972
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1889
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Source Number : 3
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 6047/007 (28930/036) 12-FEB-2008
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Field Boundary, Lynchet
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 64 NW 66
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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