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HER Number:MDV112404
Name:Orchard West of Lower Southbrook, Rockbeare

Summary

The remains of ridges of probable post-medieval to 19th century made for fruit tree planting and drainage were visible as earthwork banks to the west of Lower Southbrook, Rockbeare, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards and digital images derived from lidar data. The ridges probably survive as low earthwork banks.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 022 964
Map Sheet:SY09NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishRockbeare
DistrictEast Devon

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORCHARD (Post Medieval to Mid 20th Century - 1540 AD to 1964 AD (Between))

Full description

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

The earthwork banks correspond with a depicted orchard.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS, RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS 3139-3140 13-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356946.

Linear earthwork banks are visible under light tree planting.

Fairy Surveys Ltd, 1964, FSL/6412 V, FSL/6412 V 1121-1122 07-Feb-64 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357115.

Linear earthwork banks are visible under light tree planting.

Environment Agency, 1998-2012, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution), LIDAR SY0096 Environment Agency JPG DSM 19-Dec-2005 (Cartographic). SDV357034.

Linear earthwork banks are visible.

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

The remains of ridges of probable post-medieval to 19th century made for fruit tree planting and drainage were visible as earthwork banks to the west of Lower Southbrook, Rockbeare, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards and digital images derived from lidar data.
Two areas of parallel earthwork banks, approximately 4 to 7 metres wide were visible, centred on circa SY022964 and SY022963, divided by a driveway to the farmstead. The banks are aligned cross contour onto a nearby stream.
The banks fell within the area of a larger orchard depicted on the Ordnance Survey first edition 25inch map. The orchard remained lightly planted into the 1960s but is now cleared of tree planting. Although cut by the line of the driveway the relict ridges probably survive as low earthwork banks.

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
SDV356946Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1995 FS 3139-3140 13-APR-1947.
SDV357034Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2012. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SY0096 Environment Agency JPG DSM 19-Dec-2005. [Mapped feature: #71802 ]
SDV357115Aerial Photograph: Fairy Surveys Ltd. 1964. FSL/6412 V. Fairy Surveys Ltd aerial photograph. Photograph (Paper). FSL/6412 V 1121-1122 07-Feb-64.

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:Nov 26 2020 7:49AM