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HER Number:MDV112554
Name:Orchard at Gookey Down

Summary

A possible former orchard of post-medieval to 19th century date was visible on aerial photographs of 1946 as the remains of ridges at Gookey Down, Broad Clyst, probably made for fruit tree planting and improved drainage. The ridges were not noted on images taken after 1967 and have probably been levelled.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 007 985
Map Sheet:SY09NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroad Clyst
DistrictEast Devon

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORCHARD (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

The banks fall within a plot at Gookey Down. The number is not visible but it may have been an orchard.


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

The banks do not correspond with a depicted orchard.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3166-3167 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

Narrow parallel earthwork banks were visible.


Next Perspectives, 2010, Aerial Photography for Great Britain, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0098 22-MAY-2010 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356259.

The earthwork banks were not visible.


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

A possible former orchard of post-medieval to 19th century date was visible on aerial photographs of 1946 as the remains of ridges at Gookey Down, Broad Clyst, probably made for fruit tree planting and improved drainage.
The ridges were approximately 5 to 7 metres wide and aligned roughly north-north-west to south-south-east on the slopes either side of a narrow stream. They do not correspond with an orchard depicted on the Ordnance Survey second edition 25inch map. However, they do fall within a plot at a former farmstead at Gookey Down, possibly a former orchard. This settlement was abandoned by circa 1880.
This area of ridges was not noted on images taken in 2010 and has probably been levelled.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3166-3167 04-NOV-1946. [Mapped feature: #71936 ]
SDV356259Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2010. Aerial Photography for Great Britain. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY0098 22-MAY-2010.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.

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:Oct 14 2016 12:07PM