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HER Number:MDV102343
Name:Possible enclosure to the south of St Andrew’s Church, Alwington


A roughly circular enclosed area is visible on some aerial photographs of 1960s onwards, defined by an earthwork ditch on the north-facing slope of a combe overlooking a tributary to the River Yeo, to the south of St Andrew’s Church, Alwington. The date and function of the feature are unknown


Grid Reference:SS 405 229
Map Sheet:SS42SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAlwington
Ecclesiastical ParishALWINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE? (Unknown date)
  • FIELD BOUNDARY? (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1837 AD)

Full description

Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1966, MAL/66058, NMR MAL/67007 132-3 08-FEB-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349065.

A possible circular enclosure is defined by a shallow earthwork dithc or hollow.

Ordnance Survey, 1979, OS/79010, NMR OS/79010 192-193 16-APR-1979 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349083.

The possible enclosure can be seen as a slight earthwork ditch or hollow.

Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, NEXT PERSPECTIVES PGA Tile Ref:SS40 22 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

The earthworks are not visible.

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

A roughly circular area defined and enclosed by a slight and shallow earthwork ditch is visible on aerial photographs on the north-facing slope of a tributary combe, between the River Yeo and the Church of St Andrew, Alwington. The possible enclosure approaches 60 metres in diameter. The date and function of the feature are unknown. It is possible the earthworks are the remains of an enclosure of prehistoric date, but it must be considered that the earthworks are natural in origin. The earthworks are not visible on the most recent aerial photographs available to the survey.

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). NMR MAL/67007 132-3 08-FEB-1967.
SDV349083Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1979. OS/79010. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/79010 192-193 16-APR-1979.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. NEXT PERSPECTIVES PGA Tile Ref:SS40 22 04-MAY-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 15 2019 2:53PM