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HER Number:MDV108978
Name:Orchard and Orchard Banks South-West of Ford Farm


Parallel linear earthwork banks, visible on aerial photographs taken between 1947 and 1982, are interpreted as post-medieval or 19th century banks for fruit tree planting. The earthworks are not vsible on later available aerial photographs, and were probably levelled by 1989.


Grid Reference:ST 067 083
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKentisbeare
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTISBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORCHARD (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

This area is depicted as orchard.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 4287-4288 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

Linear earthwork banks are visible, partially obscured by tree cover.

Ordnance Survey, 1982, OS/82219 V, OS/82219 V 1638-1639 03-SEP-1982 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357675.

Linear earthwork banks are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89162, OS/89162 V 544 08-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356894.

Linear earthwork banks are not visible.

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

Parallel linear earthwork banks, circa 4 metres wide and aligned broadly cross-contour, are visible on aerial photographs taken between 1947 and 1982. The field is depicted as orchard on the late-19th century mapping, and the ridges are interpreted as banks for fruit tree planting, which are likely to be post-medieval or 19th century in date. No earthworks are visible on the available aerial photographs taken from 1989 onwards, suggesting that they had been levelled during the 1980s.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 FP 4287-4288 11-APR-1947. [Mapped feature: #68311 ]
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
SDV356894Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89162. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/89162 V 544 08-MAY-1989.
SDV357675Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1982. OS/82219 V. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/82219 V 1638-1639 03-SEP-1982.

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:May 6 2020 6:32PM