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HER Number:MDV108864
Name:Improvement Ridge and Furrow to the northwest of Bagster Farm

Summary

A series of earthwork banks of probable 19th century date are visible on aerial photographs of 1950 onwards, to the northwest of Bagster Farm. The earthworks remain visible on digital images derived from Lidar data captured during 2005.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 026 111
Map Sheet:ST01SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWilland
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWILLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NARROW RIDGE AND FURROW (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The site is depicted as an area of possible marshland on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of between the 1880’s-90’s.


Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF/541/534, RAF/541/534 RP 3010-11 30-MAY-1950 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357615.

The earthwork banks are visible.


Environment Agency, 1998-2012, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR ST0211 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 19-DEC-2005 (Cartographic). SDV357034.

The earthwork banks are visible.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A series of earthwork banks of probable 19th century date are visible on aerial photographs of 1950 onwards, to the northwest of Bagster Farm. The linear earthworks are set at opposing alignments of north to south, northeast to southwest and northwest to southeast and occupy an area of approximately 0.84 hectares of fairly level ground between Spratford Stream to the north and a drain to the south. Whilst the nature of the earthwork banks is largely unclear, given that the site is depicted as an area of possible marshland on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map of between the 1880’s-90’s, it seems most likely the earthworks represent an area of ridge and furrow to help facilitate agricultural improvement and drainage. The earthworks remain visible on digital images derived from Lidar data captured during 2005.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV357034Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2012. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR ST0211 Environment Agency JPEG DSM 19-DEC-2005. [Mapped feature: #68206 ]
SDV357615Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF/541/534. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/541/534 RP 3010-11 30-MAY-1950.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Jan 13 2015 11:21AM