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Monument Number 932927

Hob Uid: 932927
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Withypool and Hawkridge
Grid Ref : SS8515033920
Summary : A trackway and field boundaries of possible medieval or post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, to the south of Kings Wood. They may indicate an area of deserted settlement.
More information : For details see county SMR. (1)

Centred at SS 85053385 on the northern side of the head of a stream running eastwards to the Barle is an area of slight platforming and amorphous scarping surrounded by gorse on the edge of a much improved pasture field. The area measures approximately 11.5m by 6m with further scarping beyond but it has no coherent shape. The site is littered with stone although this is the result of field clearance.

A well-used terraced track runs eastwards from the site which was depicted from air photographs (2).

Nothing is shown of the farm in 1839 (3), 1888 (4) or 1903 (5). It is suggested that this could be the site of South Batcham due to its proximity with North Batcham, mentioned in the 1327 Lay Subsidy (1). (2-6)

A trackway and field boundaries of possible medieval or post-medieval date are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs, centred roughly on circa SS 85103391, to the south of King's Wood.
The curved shape of the field boundary visible to the west of the area, at circa SS 84953390, echoes that of the surrounding extant fields and may indicate a medieval origin. The more fragmentary low bank 320 metres to the east may be similar in form and date, but might simply be following the contours of the valley slopes. The remaining visible banks are more regular in form and appear to abut an extant boundary, and might possibly be of post-medieval date.
The deeply incised trackway can be seen for over 400 metres, from King's Wood in the north to its junction wth the extant field boundary in the south.
The platforming described and depicted by the authority 1 and 2 cannot clearly be seen on the available aerial photographs, although some surface disturbance is visible. (7-8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset CC SMR 29-SEP-1986
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : McDonnell R 1977-85 CRAGGS Exmoor Air Photgraphic Survey
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Source Number : 3
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Withypool Tithe Map 1839 Somerset Record Office
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Source Number : 4
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 Somerset Sheet 56:8, 1888
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Source Number : 5
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:2500 Somerset Sheet 56:8, 1903
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Chapman HP 26-APR-1995 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF 106G/UK/1655 4257-8 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 3360-1 11-APR-1947
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Farmstead
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Field Boundary, Trackway
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34329
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO8734
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 SE 37
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01