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HER Number:MDV102291
Name:Earthworks for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, east of Spanny Hone

Summary

A small area of narrow ridge and furrow, probably created for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, is visible as earthwork banks on aerial photographs dating from the 1940s to the 1970s, to the east of Spanny Hone, Alwington.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 397 236
Map Sheet:SS32SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAlwington
Civil ParishParkham
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishPARKHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishALWINGTON

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 1946 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5032-5033 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Narrow ridge and furrow, probably created for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, is visible as earthwork banks.


Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1966, MAL/66058, RAF MAL/66058 057-058 14-OCT-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349065.

The earthworks are not visible.


Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1971, MAL/71033, NMR MAL/71033 210-211 02-MAY-1971 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349076.

The earthworks are no longer visible but line of the furrows might be seen as cropmarks.


Ordnance Survey, 1978, OS/78016, NMR OS/78016 070-071 16-APR-1978 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349080.

Earthworks may survive to the eastern edge of the area, with other areas visible as cropmarks.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS3923 22-AUG-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349178.

The earthworks are not visible and have probably been levelled by modern agricultural improvement.


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 created for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, are visible as earthwork banks on aerial photographs dating from the 1940s to the 1970s, to the east of Spanny Hone, Alwington.
The earthworks are orientated roughly north-north-west to south-south-east, across the gentle south-east facing slopes of a small irregularly shaped field, the ridges are aligned towards the head of a combe to the south, probably to facilitate drainage. The earthworks appear to have been levelled on aerial photographs taken in 1971, but remain visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs taken in 1979. They are not visible on the most recent aerial photographs available to the survey and might have been removed by later improvements.

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
SDV349065Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1966. MAL/66058. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF MAL/66058 057-058 14-OCT-1966.
SDV349076Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1971. MAL/71033. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR MAL/71033 210-211 02-MAY-1971.
SDV349080Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1978. OS/78016. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78016 070-071 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 5032-5033 19-APR-1946.
SDV349178Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS3923 22-AUG-2007.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 11 2012 1:09PM