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Monument Number 1488521

Hob Uid: 1488521
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Withypool and Hawkridge
Grid Ref : SS8280235944
Summary : Former field boundary banks, potentially of medieval origin, can be seen on aerial photographs as earthworks and levelled earthworks to the west of Brightworthy. Those on the relatively gentle slopes might been removed to increase field size, probably in the later post-medieval period, while those on the steeper slopes above the River Barle may be evidence for failed or abandoned episodes of enclosure of the former commons.
More information : Former field boundary banks, potentially of medieval origin, can be seen on aerial photographs as earthworks and levelled earthworks to the west of Brightworthy, centred on circa SS 82733597.
The removed or relict boundaries clearly form part of the wider field system associated with Brightworthy, and may have been laid out as a coherent system encroaching onto Withypool Common.
Those boundaries transcribed on the relatively gentle slopes to the west of Brightworthy might been removed to increase field size and productivity, probably in the later post-medieval period. In contrast, those on the steeper slopes above the River Barle may be evidence for failed or abandoned enclosure of the former commons.
Most of the transcribed boundaries have been levelled by the 1970s. (1-4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 (F20) 3421-22 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 2
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Source details : NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4360-1 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 3
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Source details : NMR MAL 68041 003-7 09-JUN-1968
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Source Number : 4
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Source details : NMR OS/73086 813-4 17-APR-1973
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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
Evidence : Earthwork, Levelled Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Field Boundary
Evidence : Earthwork, Levelled Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 NW 142
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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