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HER Number:MDV102220
Name:Narrow ridge and furrow for agricultural improvement

Summary

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks, probably of 19th century date and for agricultural improvement and drainage, are visible on aerial photographs of 1946, immediately to the east of Galsham, Hartland.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 247 227
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
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 1959 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Field boundaries depicted on the Ordnance Survey first edition 25inch map of the 1880s-1890s are visible as cropmarks.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, NMR RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5066-5067 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF/58/2984, NMR RAF/58/2984 F21 0035-036 30-JUN-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349064.

Earthworks are not visible.


Ordnance Survey, 1978, OS/78038, NMR OS/78038 228-9 10-MAY-1978, (Aerial Photograph). SDV349082.

Ridge and furrow earthworks are not visible.


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

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks, probably for agricultural improvement of 19th century date, are visible on aerial photographs, immediately to the east of Galsham, Hartland. The improvement earthworks are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 within three fields, centred on circa SS24622276, SS24802274, SS24652269. A spring-head is depicted on the Ordnance Survey first edition 25inch map of the 1880s-1890s as rising in the smaller of the three improved fields, which may support the interpretation that the earthworks were made to improve drainage, most likely the later 19th century. The earthworks are not clearly visible on later aerial photographs. In addition most field boundaries in this area have been removed by June 1959, which might indicate subsequent improvements likely to have reduced or levelled the earlier earthworks have been carried out. A smaller area of similar earthworks can be seen circa 50 metres to the south.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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
SDV349064Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1959. RAF/58/2984. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/58/2984 F21 0035-036 30-JUN-1959.
SDV349082Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1978. OS/78038. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78038 228-9 10-MAY-1978,.
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5066-5067 19-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #61667 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV102221Related to: Narrow ridge and furrow for agricultural improvement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Mar 12 2015 3:28PM