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HER Number:MDV102239
Name:Narrow ridge and furrow for agricultural improvement


Very narrow ridge and furrow earthworks, probably created for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, are visible on aerial photographs from 1946 to the south-east of Elmscott Farm, Hartland.


Grid Reference:SS 234 208
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 1959 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, NMR RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5126-7 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1978, OS/78038, NMR OS/78038 236-237 10-MAY-1978 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349082.

Little evidence of the earthworks remain 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 two fields to the south of Goldenpark Farm, Hartland, centred on circa SS 22842005 and SS 23022006, overlooking the steep south facing slopes of an unnamed combe. The areas of improvement flank a spring-fed stream which rises between them, whilst a second spring rises to the south-east of the easternmost field. Although varied in their orientation, the majority of the ridges appear to be aligned to facilitate drainage into these streams. They appear to be substantial earthworks, on average 5-6 metres wide, which remain visible on aerial photographs taken in 2007.

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
SDV349082Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1978. OS/78038. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78038 236-237 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 5126-7 19-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #61686 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 9 2012 2:44PM