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HER Number:MDV113102
Name:Cropmark Feature, South of Parsons Lane

Summary

A cropmark which has possibly formed over an infilled ditch or pit of uncertain date is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 and 1947, to the south of Parsons Lane.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 015 949
Map Sheet:SY09SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishRockbeare
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishROCKBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NON ANTIQUITY (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • MILITARY SITE (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3066-67 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

A cropmark which has possibly formed over an infilled ditch or pit is visible.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1974, RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP 3459-60 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356127.

A cropmark which has possibly formed over an infilled ditch or pit is visible.


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

A cropmark which has possibly formed over an infilled ditch or pit of uncertain date is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 and 1947, to the south of Parsons Lane. The well-defined, circular cropmark measures approximately 17m in diameter and is sited on relatively low lying ground along an offshoot of the Clyst Valley, on the southern side of a stream. Because of its location, this ring-ditch like feature is less likely to be of prehistoric date, but is perhaps of more recent date, such as the levelled earthwork remains of a former military site of Second World War date. For example, a searchlight battery and anti-aircraft battery are recorded in close proximity to the northwest and west, respectively. It is also possible the cropmark is agricultural in origin, possibly caused by a circular cattle feed, for example. The circular cropmark was not visible on other aerial photographs made available to the survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RP 3066-67 04-NOV-1946. [Mapped feature: #72444 ]
SDV356127Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1974 RP 3459-60 11-APR-1947.
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:Aug 13 2015 3:25PM