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HER Number:MDV103015
Name:Relict field boundary on Saunton Down

Summary

A straight relict field boundary is visible as a linear earthwork on aerial photographs from 1942 to 2001. It is likely to be part of a post-medieval or modern field system which became disused before the mid nineteenth century. Earthwork remains are likely to survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 436 382
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGEORGEHAM
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1841 AD (Between))

Full description

Alex Doull, 1841, Part 1 Plan of the Parish of Braunton in the County Devon (Cartographic). SDV349930.

No field boundary is depicted in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1942, RAF/140/S747/H56, NMR RAF/140/S747/H56 PO-3015-PO-3016 SS4338/4-5 06-FEB-1942 (Aerial Photograph). SDV350313.

A linear bank is visible as an earthwork.


Next Perspectives, 2001, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4338 22-MAY-2001 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349376.

A linear earthwork bank is visible.


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

A linear earthwork bank, up to 3.5 metres wide and 250 metres in length, is visible on Saunton Down on aerial photographs taken between 1942 and 2001. The bank is straight and aligned north to south and is interpreted as a post-medieval or modern field boundary bank. It is of a similar character to the field boundary to the east, and may have formed part of a post-medieval field system that enclosed formerly open land. No boundary is depicted in this location on the 1841 Tithe map, suggesting that it had become degraded and fallen out of use prior to the mid nineteenth century. The earthworks are likely to survive although they may now be obscured by scrub growth.

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
SDV349376Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2001. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4338 22-MAY-2001. [Mapped feature: #62516 ]
SDV349930Cartographic: Alex Doull. 1841. Part 1 Plan of the Parish of Braunton in the County Devon. Tithe Map.
SDV350313Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1942. RAF/140/S747/H56. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF/140/S747/H56 PO-3015-PO-3016 SS4338/4-5 06-FEB-1942.

Associated Monuments

MDV103010Related to: Relict field boundary on Saunton Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2012 11:01AM