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HER Number:MDV110180
Name:Orchard and Orchard Banks West of Aller


Parallel linear banks, visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1947, are interpreted as post-medieval or 19th century banks for fruit tree planting. They appear to have been levelled by 1989.


Grid Reference:ST 051 066
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.

The field is depicted as orchard.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS 3135-3136 13-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356946.

Linear earthwork banks and scattered trees are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1989, OS/89162, OS/89162 V 604-605 08-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356894.

The area appears to have been cultivated and no earthworks are visible.

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

Parallel linear banks, circa 4 metres in width, are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1947. They are located within a field depicted as orchard on the late-19th century mapping, adjacent to the settlement named as Green’s Farm. The earthworks are aligned broadly cross-contour, and are interpreted as banks for fruit tree planting, which are likely to be post-medieval or 19th century in date. No evidence of earthworks was visible on any of the later available aerial photographs, and they seem to have been levelled by 1989 when this parcel of land had been amalgamated into the field to the west and cultivated.

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
SDV356894Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1989. OS/89162. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/89162 V 604-605 08-MAY-1989.
SDV356946Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS 3135-3136 13-APR-1947. [Mapped feature: #69623 ]

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 6:24PM