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HER Number:MDV108967
Name:Earthwork Banks to the north of Mountstephen Farm

Summary

Earthwork banks of probable post-medieval to modern date are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, to the north of Mountstephen Farm.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 044 135
Map Sheet:ST01SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBurlescombe
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBURLESCOMBE

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))
  • PLANTATION BANK (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Maps and Apportionments (Website). SDV349463.

The field is classified as arable on the Burlescombe parish tithe apportionment of approximately 1838-48.


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

A number of plantations are depicted in close proximity to the south of the earthworks.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3326-27 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

The earthwork banks are visible. Map object based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP 3283-84 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357337.

The earthwork banks are visible. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 1966, OS/66184 V, OS/66184 V 087-88 22-JUL-1966 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357044.

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.

Earthwork banks of probable post-medieval to modern date are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, to the north of Mountstephen Farm. The earthwork banks are northwest to southeast and northeast to southwest aligned and occupy an area of approximately 0.38 hectares of fairly level land. The presence of numerous plantations located in close proximity to the south and symbolised on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map may suggest the earthworks represent former plantation banks, the site of which being cleared by the time of the parish tithe map of approximately 1838-48. It is also equally likely, however, the earthworks represent an area of improvement ridge and furrow to help facilitate agricultural improvement and drainage. The earthworks are visible on aerial photographs up until 1966, although are not visible after this date and may have been completely levelled.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349463Website: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Maps and Apportionments. http://devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3326-27 04-NOV-1946.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
SDV357044Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1966. OS/66184 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/66184 V 087-88 22-JUL-1966.
SDV357337Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP 3283-84 11-APR-1947.

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:Apr 26 2016 10:35AM