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Monument Number 1466365

Hob Uid: 1466365
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Lynton and Lynmouth
Grid Ref : SS7225049770
Summary : Two short and irregularly shaped lengths of earthwork or stone walling have been identified from aerial photographs on the Western Beach at Lynmouth. These curved of `tick' shaped features are probable the remains of coastal fish weirs dating from the medieval or post-medieval periods.
More information : Two short and irregularly shaped lengths of earthwork or stone walling have been identified from aerial photographs on the Western Beach at Lynmouth bay, centred on circa SS 72254977. These curved features are probable the remains of coastal fish weirs, similar in function to those visible immediately to the north-east and north-west.
A great number of fish-weirs were recently recorded in Porlock Bay during an NMP survey of the Severn Estuary, including several examples very similarly shaped to the features recorded here, this `tick' variety one of seven types identified. (4-5)
Although marked on the current Ordnance Survey base map, unlike their neighbouring examples, these features are not marked on the First Edition map. It is possible that they were obscured by shifting shingle and not recognised, as it is the opinion of this authority that they probably date from the medieval or post-medieval periods.
Similar coastal fish-weirs have been demonstrated to have been in use in Europe since the Mesolithic period and the earliest examples in the UK, found on the Isle of Wight, date to the later Bronze Age. (1-4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 F20 3151-2 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 2
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/72065 026-027 15-APR-1972
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Source Number : 3
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Strachan, D. 1997 Dating of some inter-tidal fish-weirs in the Blackwater Estuary. Blackwater Estuary Management Plan (BEMP) Area Archaeological Project: Report No 1. RCHME and Essex County Council.
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Source Number : 4
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500, 1889
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Fish Weir, Coastal Fish Weir
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Fish Weir, Coastal Fish Weir
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 18006
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NW 200
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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