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Monument Number 1476519

Hob Uid: 1476519
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7829841787
Summary : A curvilinear earthwork bank is visible on aerial photographs on the north end of Trout Hill, Exmoor. The bank appears to connect at its southern end with the extant boundary constructed by the Knight family after their acquisition of the former Royal Forest. However, it is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The precise function of the bank is uncertain - it may have been intended as the original route of the extant boundary and altered shortly after construction.
More information : A curvilinear earthwork bank is visible on aerial photographs on the north end of Trout Hill, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7828 4202, the bank runs roughly north-south, apparently connecting at its southern end with the extant boundary constructed by the Knight family after their acquisition of the former Royal Forest. It measures over 500 metres in length, terminating at its northern end just south of The Warren, close to the propsed route of the Exmoor Mineral Railway. Unlike the extant boundary, the nearby drainage ditches are not cut by this feature, which suggests that this bank predates both the drainage system and the extant boundary.
The bank it is not depicted on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1889. The precise function of the bank is uncertain - it may have been intended as the original route of the extant boundary and altered shortly after construction. The close association with the Exmoor MIneral Railway suggests that it may have been intended as a branch line, although there is no documentary evidence for this (1-2).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 3158-59 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 2
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 1889
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Bank (Earthwork), Field Boundary
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SE 255
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1476525
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1475743
Relationship type : General association

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