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Monument Number 1465036

Hob Uid: 1465036
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Kentisbury
Grid Ref : SS6418942983
Summary : A number of earthworks are visible on aerial photographs in fields to the south and south-west of East Bredwick Farm. Although aligned differently they are clearly closely associated with a number of extant field boundaries in the area, and are likely to date to the medieval period. One of the banks is overlain by the A39, indicating it predates the road. The earthworks may represent a more intensive phase of settlement at East Bredwick, and further survey is required.
More information : A number of earthworks are visible on aerial photographs in fields to the south and south-west of East Bredwick Farm. Although aligned differently they are clearly closely associated with a number of extant field boundaries in the area, and are likely to date to the medieval period.
At SS 6428 4301, a large rectangular platform is visible, cut by a later bank which is depicted on the modern Ordnance Survey map. This platform measures approximately 74 metres long by 32 metres wide, and may be the remains of a cultivation terrace. At SS 6422 4296, a long slightly curved earthern bank is visible, running approximately south-east to north-west. Although fragmented in several places, the course of the bank can be traced, and it measures approximately 188 metres long. It is overlain by the A39 road, indicating that it predates the construction of this major roadway. At SS 6420 4298, this bank joins an extant boundary running approximately north-east to south-west. This extant boundary is depicted on both the modern and 1st edition Ordnance Survey maps but appears to have no current function. A third curvilinear bank is visible at SS 6404 4300, running approximately east-west and measuring 97 metres long. A possible track or pathway is visible alongside this bank, but it is not clear if this is a modern feature or otherwise. These banks are most likely to represent medieval field boundaries or enclosures. These features are not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map; however, many of the extant boundaries are depicted on both the 1st edition and modern maps.
A number of extant banks and enclosures around East Bredwick Farm show a similar alignment to the features described above, and it seems likely that these earthworks may represent a more intensive phase of settlement at East Bredwick. Further work is required to ascribe a precise date and function to these features (1-3).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SS 6443/12 (18307/28) 27-APR-1999
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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 : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:10000 2004
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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, Bank (Earthwork), Cultivation Terrace, Platform
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 17959
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 64 SW 60
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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