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HER Number:MDV102288
Name:Possible deserted settlement east of Seckington Farm

Summary

A network of irregular pale cropmarks are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and partly visible on 1959 and 1999 aerial photographs. They are interpreted as forming over the remains of a deserted settlement of medieval or post-medieval date, possibly associated with Seckington.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 289 217
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClovelly
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishCLOVELLY
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cropmarks of possible deserted settlement, east of Seckington Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Warren and Co. Surveyors., 1844, First copy of the map of the Parish of Hartland in the County of Devon in two Parts. (Cartographic). SDV349361.

No features or field boundaries are depicted in this field.


Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 79 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Seckington is recorded as 'Sygynton' in 1333 and 'Sekynton' in 1505, probably derived from a personal name 'Sicga's Farm'.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5074-5075 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

A complex of pale linear banks are visible as cropmarks.


Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF/58/2984, NMR RAF/58/2984 F22 0056-0057 30-JUN-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349064.

A pale linear cropmark is visible.


GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Pale areas are visible in this part of a ploughed field with otherwise reddish soil. Hard copies of the aerial photographs were not available for consultation.


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

A network of irregular pale linear cropmarks between 4 and 6 metres wide are visible along the western edge of the field on aerial photographs taken in 1946. In plan they resemble the infields and possibly building enclosures of a deserted farmstead or farmsteads, within an outer boundary enclosure. Although less clear, the outer boundary is partly visible as a pale cropmark on 1959 aerial photographs, confirming that the cropmarks visible on earlier photographs are not just surface features. Seckington is first known from documentary sources in 1333, and the cropmarks may have formed over the remains of boundary banks of a deserted medieval settlement of which Seckington farm to the east is the sucessor or lone survivor. In aerial photographs from 1999 very pale areas are visible in this part of a large field with otherwise reddish-brown soil, which suggests that below-ground features were being actively impacted by ploughing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 79.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (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 F22 0056-0057 30-JUN-1959.
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5074-5075 19-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #61738 ]
SDV349361Cartographic: Warren and Co. Surveyors.. 1844. First copy of the map of the Parish of Hartland in the County of Devon in two Parts.. Tithe Map.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jun 15 2018 10:59AM