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HER Number:MDV102213
Name:Earthworks for agricultural improvement to thesouth of Milford Common


Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks, probably for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards to the south of Milford Common.


Grid Reference:SS 227 221
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NARROW RIDGE AND FURROW (Post Medieval to XX - 1540 AD to 2000 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5064-5 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Earthwork ridge and furrow are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1978, OS/78017, NMR OS/78017 135-136 16-APR-1978 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349081.

Earthwork ridge and furrow are visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

Earthworks of narrow ridge and furrow are visible on aerial photographs, within four fields centred on circa SS22682215, SS22732219, SS22732209 and SS22812218, on the north facing slopes at the south-eastern point of Milford Common.
The majority of the ridges are aligned roughly north to south and are approximately 5-6 metres apart. The ridges were probably made for agricultural improvement and drainage in the later post-medieval or modern periods, an interpretation supported by their situation surrounding the point where a spring-fed stream rises, at circa SS 22692213.
The earthworks are clearly visible on aerial photographs dating from 1946 and are still partly visible on Ordnance Survey aerial photography of 1978.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349081Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1978. OS/78017. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78017 135-136 16-APR-1978.
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5064-5 19-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #61659 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Jan 27 2014 11:36AM