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HER Number:MDV112724
Name:Former Orchard and Orchard Banks West of Higher Brenton


Orchard banks are visible as parallel linear earthworks on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s, in an area depicted as orchard on the late-19th century OS map. They are thought to be post-medieval or early-19th century in date. The area has now been built over.


Grid Reference:SX 906 867
Map Sheet:SX98NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKenn
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMINSTER

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.

Orchard trees are depicted.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4120-4121 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

Parallel linear earthwork banks are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2488, RAF/CPE/UK/2491 RP 3327-3328 11-MAR-1948 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352767.

Parallel 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.

Parallel linear earthwork banks, covering 85 by 15 metres and circa 3.5 metres wide, are visible on aerial photographs taken between 1946 and 1948. Their location corresponds to a small field west of Higher Brenton within which orchard trees are depicted on the late-19th century maps. The earthworks are aligned broadly cross-contour, and are interpreted as tree planting banks of post-medieval or early-19th century date. No earthworks were visible on available aerial photographs taken after the 1940s, and the site has since been developed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RS 4120-4121 13-APR-1946. [Mapped feature: #72093 ]
SDV352767Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2488. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2491 RP 3327-3328 11-MAR-1948.
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

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:Dec 2 2015 4:29PM