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HER Number:MDV105483
Name:Possible Former Field Boundaries on Berry Head Common

Summary

Several linear features are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946, and are cautiously interpreted as earthwork banks and ditches of relict medieval or post-medieval field boundaries. However it is possible that they relate to more recent military activity on the common. Their survival is not known.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 941 562
Map Sheet:SX95NW
Admin AreaTorbay
Civil ParishBrixham
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIXHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

No field boundaries are depicted in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 3209-3210 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

Several linear banks and a ditch are visible as earthworks.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX9456_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

No earthworks are discernable in this area of rough ground.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

Several narrow linear features, possibly earthwork banks and a ditch, are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. They seem to enclose an area of approximately quarter of a hectare, apparently divided into two by an internal bank aligned roughly east to west. The linears are cautiously interpreted as relict field boundaries of medieval or post-medieval date. If so, they would have passed out of use by the mid nineteenth century since they are not depicted on the Tithe map. However it is also possible that they relate to more recent activity on the common, perhaps resulting from track creation or clearance of land for military purposes. They are not visible on later available aerial photographs, so interpretation is tentative and it is unclear whether any remains survive.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FS 3209-3210 10-DEC-1946. [Mapped feature: #64921 ]
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SX9456_20120918ortho.ecw 18-SEP-2012.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:May 11 2017 12:00AM