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HER Number:MDV104452
Name:Narrow Ridge and Furrow on Stowford Moor


Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks are visible across Stowford Moor on aerial photographs taken between the 1940s and 2006-2007. They are likely to have resulted from deep ploughing of rough ground in the nineteenth century to assist in drainage and improve the land for agriculture.


Grid Reference:SS 390 161
Map Sheet:SS31NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckland Brewer
Civil ParishBulkworthy
Civil ParishEast Putford
Ecclesiastical ParishBULKWORTHY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NARROW RIDGE AND FURROW (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

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

Stowford Moor is depicted as rough ground.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks cover the whole of Stowford Moor.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks are visible across Stowford Moor.

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Narrow ridge and furrow earthworks are visible across Stowford Moor.

Bradbeer, J., 2022, Ridge and Furrow on Stowford Moor (Interpretation). SDV364741.

Devon Wildlife Trust was given the information that these ridges were for World War Two arable (probably potatoes), initiated by the County Wartime Agriculture Committee and thought to have been laid out in 1940 and worked until the end of harvest in 1945.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #63928 ]
SDV364741Interpretation: Bradbeer, J.. 2022. Ridge and Furrow on Stowford Moor. email.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 28 2022 11:18AM