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Monument Number 615774

Hob Uid: 615774
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Combe Martin
Grid Ref : SS5938047150
Summary : Two parallel banks visible as low earthern mounds measuring up to 0.4m high and spreading to 5m wide.
More information : The remains of two parallel banks centred at SS 5938 4715.

These banks lie in a very steep north facing bracken and scrub covered slope to the north of Knap Down Lane. Though clearly visible on 1946 air photographs (a), on the ground these low earthen banks are now barely discernible being no more than 0.4m high at best and spread to about 5m wide. Commencing some 10m to 15m from a hedge on the north they run up the slope some 54m parallel for about 60m before fading. What appears on the Air Photo to be another, outer bank, parallel to the western bank is a stream gulley.

McDonnell (b) in the SMR (c) refers to these banks as "low banks forming a group of four fairly small sub-rectangular enclosures ...... possibly a deserted farm site". There are no enclosures and it is not a deserted farm site. This would appear to be a misinterpretation of vegetation lines, sheep tracks and the stream gulley visible on the Air Photos.

The area containing these banks was allotted to Sir Charles Watson on the 1866 Inclosure Map (d) and this may have been an abortive attempt to sub-divide the area into individual strip fields, as was done on the south side of Knap Down Lane (See SS 54 NE 35).

(Note: The whole is so fragmentary and ill-defined that no survey action was taken). (1)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ISS 25-MAR-1993
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Source Number : 1a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : RAF AP's 106G/UK 1655/3177/78, Jul-46
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Source Number : 1b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : CRAAGS Exmoor AP Survey 1980 Gaz No SS5947A (R McDonnell)
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Source Number : 1c
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Devon SMR SS 54 NE 24, 31-Aug-82
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Source Number : 1d
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Devon Record Office 1866 Inclosure Map Combe Martin Field 147, Ref I/S10/11-12c
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Source : Field report on SS 54 NE 29 - 25-MAR-1993
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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 : Linear Earthwork
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS 54 NE 24
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 54 NE 29
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION SS 54 NE 29
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1993-03-25
End Date : 1993-03-25