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Pixton Park

Hob Uid: 866665
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dulverton
Grid Ref : SS9281126704
Summary : Landscape park to Picton Park house. The park is referred to as a `deer park' on the Ordnance Survey map of 1891. An earthwork survey of the park was carried out by RCHME field staff in April 1996 as part of the Pixton Park Historic Landscape Project which was co-ordinated by the Exmoor National Park Authority. Earthworks of ornamental ponds, a possible terraced drive, and an emparked field system were recorded. The park was created during the 18th century
More information : Pixton Park was surveyed by RCHME in April 1996. Selected earthwork surveys were made of an emparked field system at SS 9280 2710, and a system of three ornamental ponds at SS 9228 2710. The work was carried out as part of the Pixton Park Historic Landscape Project, co-ordinated by the Exmoor National Park Authority.
The survey (at 1:2500 scale) and a level three report have been archived in the NMR. (1)

Pixton Park is referred to a s a `deer park' on the OS 1891 map. The
Post Medieval emparked field system and ornamental ponds, referred to
by the previous authorities are visible on aerial photographs, and
have been mapped at 1:10,000 scale, based on the 1:2500 scale plan.
The features include a field barn, centred at SS 9278 2720, and
scarps centred at SS 9275 2711 which may be part of the field system
or a former terraced drive. The field boundaries, and, any other
potential boundaries which may have been ploughed before the field
investigation, were easily confused with modern paths within the park
so the aerial survey did not add anything of significance there.
However four areas of ridge and furrow which have been subseqeuntly
ploughed level or seriously denuded, were visible on aerial
photographs. Two blocks of ridge and furrow were identified in the
northern part of the field system, centred at SS 9282 2720, and two
blocks appear to be associated with the southern part, and are
centred at SS 9285 2695. Authority 4 thought the large pond to be
remnants of an earlier, larger feature and used latterly as a fishing
or boating pond, and that the two smaller ponds are probably mid
nineteenth century in date. (2-4)


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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Wilson-North WR/04-APR-1996/RCHME: Pixton Park Survey
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 540/860 3185-6, 4146-7 02-SEP-1962
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Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1420 4302-3 15-APR-1946
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/2821 (F65) 272-3 27-APR-1964
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Source : Pixton Park/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Field System, Field Barn, Ridge And Furrow, Landscape Park, Drive
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Mid C19
Monument End Date : 1866
Monument Start Date : 1833
Monument Type : Ornamental Pond
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Documented 1891
Monument End Date : 1891
Monument Start Date : 1891
Monument Type : Deer Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34594
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 92 NW 35
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: BRENDON HILLS MAPPING PROJECT, NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-10-01