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Monument Number 974507

Hob Uid: 974507
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exford, Cutcombe
Grid Ref : SS8743039770
Summary : Field banks and large standing stones were reported on Kitnor Heath, Cutcombe parish. Although field investigation identified a number of field banks of late medieval or post medieval date, no evidence of a significant attempt to enclose the area could be seen on the ground. However, aerial survey undertaken as part of the Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey recorded a complex of up to 8 fields, although the easternmost earthworks might be boundary banks associated with Down Cleeve Plantation. There was no evidence of the standing stones.
More information : For details see county SMR. (1)
The SMR entry for this site reads `Field banks on Kitnor Heath. Mainly low narrow earth banks with some large standing stones. Typologically post-medieval, predating present enclosure fields.'

Kitnor Heath is an area of heather moorland with extensive areas of dense gorse at its eastern end. Although some field banks were noted, there does not appear to have been an extensive attempt to enclose this area. The standing stones were not located (they are presumably uprights within the field boundaries), although these might lie within the areas of gorse. The date of the field banks is presumably late medieval or post medieval. (2)

Field banks are visible as earthworks on Kitnor Heath, Cutcombe parish, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards, centred on circa SS 87323986. The Exmoor National Mapping Programme survey has recorded boundaries laid out east-west along the north facing slopes of Kitnor Heath above the River Quarme, defining a complex of up to 8 fields covering an area of over 13 hectares. Although the easternmost earthworks might be boundary banks associated with Down Cleeve Plantation, this is interpreted as representing a serious attempt to enclose this area. Unsurprisingly the reported standing stones were not visible on the aerial photographs available to the survey. (3-4)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset C C SMR 29 Sep 1986
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 17-Sep-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3275-7 11-APR-1947
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73109 1064-5 29-AP-1973
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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 : Field System, Field Boundary, Plantation Bank
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Standing Stone
Evidence : Uncertain Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 35346
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO9231
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 83 NE 24
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Associated Monuments : 36065
Relationship type : General association
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Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 36170
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, NAR/SMR DATA EXCHANGE PILOT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1986-01-01
End Date : 1986-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01