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HER Number:MDV102780
Name:Mound in Tapeley Park, possibly a spoilheap or landscape feature.

Summary

A circular earthwork with a central depression is visible on aerial photographs from 1945 and on images derived from Lidar data captured in 2006-2007. Its function is not known but it may have been a landscape feature associated with Tapeley Park or perhaps more likely a spoilheap from post-medieval or modern mining of culm measures. Earthworks are very likely to survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 474 291
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWestleigh
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWESTLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PROSPECT MOUND? (Post Medieval to XXI - 1540 AD to 2009 AD (Between))
  • SPOIL HEAP? (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

No features are depicted in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/132, NMR RAF/106G/LA/132 5064 14-FEB-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349061.

A mound is visble as an earthwork.


Environment Agency, 2006-2007, LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution), Lidar SS4729sw Environment Agency D0072777 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007 (Cartographic). SDV349850.

A circular mound with central hollow is visible as an earthwork.


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

A mound, circa 23 metres in diameter, is visible as a circular earthwork with central depression on aerial photographs from 1945 and on images derived from Lidar data captured in 2006-2007. It is located on a natural ridge, but one which has well defined edges and a flat top that could have been enhanced, perhaps to create an imposing feature in the eighteenth or nineteenth century designed landscape, such as a prospect mound. However its location on a ridge is typical of several quarries further to the south, and it may in fact be a spoilheap from post-medieval or modern extractive industries, perhaps mining of culm measures. It is not depicted on late nineteenth century mapping and is therefore likely to predate this. The central depression indicates that it has been cut into, perhaps from the east where the hollow is elongated, and this could indicate that it is an older earthwork which was investigated by antiquaries, or perhaps that it had a central feature on the summit. Further work is required to establish the character of the feature, and earthworks are very likely to survive.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (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
SDV349061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/132. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/132 5064 14-FEB-1945.
SDV349850Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2006-2007. LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. Lidar SS4729sw Environment Agency D0072777 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007. [Mapped feature: #62277 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV32497Related to: Tapeley Park, Westleigh (Park/Garden)
MDV17985Related to: Tapeley, Westleigh (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2012 4:24PM