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Monument Number 926302

Hob Uid: 926302
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7448749646
Summary : A large rectangular building platform, possibly within an associated farmstead, is visible on aerial photographs as low earthworks set into a south facing slope to the north-west of Countisbury village.
More information : SS 74 NW 70 Platform (Building Stance ?)

SS 7451 4963. Large platform, suggesting a toft, identified by McDonnell (1) on air photo (2) W of Lower Town Farm Countisbury. (1-2)

SS 7450 4964. The remains of a rectangular platform, about 14m E/W by 4m and 0.7m high, set into a south facing slope in a pasture field. An old field wall runs off northwards uphill from its E side. As suggested it is probably the stance for a house or barn. It may be associated with the field system (SS 75 NW 69) to the NE.

The area is shown on the 1888 OS plan (3) as being rough grass and gorse but no building is depicted so it had probably gone out of use by than. (3-4)

A large rectangular building platform is visible on aerial photographs as low earthworks to the north-west of Countisbury village at circa SS 74474966. Set into a south facing slope of a ridge, just below the apex, the setting of the earthworks would not be unusual for a bank barn. However, at 30 metres in length and 13 metres wide, the building platform is large enough to suggest a larger range of buildings. The platform is within the area of rough ground described by the above authority, still visible as an area of rough vegetation on aerial photographs of 1995. This area of circa 1800 square metres may mark the limits of a farmstead associated with the building platform and the relict field system to the north. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : McDonnell R, CRAAGS Exmoor AP Survey 1977-85
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Source Number : 2
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : RAF CPE/UK/1980 2609 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1888 1:2500 Devon Sheet 3:10
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Sainsbury I S, 18-APR-94 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/95026 052-3 12-MAR-1995
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Building Platform, Farmstead, Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork, Levelled Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Building Platform
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SS74NW77
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 18103
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External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE11732
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 NW 70
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1466869
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