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HER Number:MDV102293
Name:Earthworks for post-medieval or modern agricultural improvement and drainage, north of Spanny Hone

Summary

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, over three fields to the to the north of Spanny Hone, Alwington.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 393 237
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 1971 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5033-5034 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, 1967, MAL/67007, RAF MAL/67007 106-107 08-FEB-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349066.

Ridge and furrow is visible as low earthwork banks.


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

Earthwork banks are no longer visible, but areas of the furrows are visible as cropmarks.


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, over three fields to the to the north of Spanny Hone, Alwington. The earthworks are orientated roughly north to south, covering the entirety of two roughly rectangular fields, and the eastern edge of an irregularly shaped field immediately to the west. In total, the improvements cover an area of nearly 4.5 hectares. The ridges were probably made to facilitate drainage into a spring-fed stream which flowas northwards along a combe to the north-east. The earthworks appear to have been levelled on aerial photographs taken in 1971, but remain visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs of 1979. They are not visible on the most recent aerial photographs available to the survey and have probably 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.
SDV349066Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1967. MAL/67007. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF MAL/67007 106-107 08-FEB-1967.
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 5033-5034 19-APR-1946.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 4 2012 4:04PM