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HER Number:MDV113670
Name:Orchard at Brampford Speke

Summary

Evidence of a possible former orchard of probable post-medieval to 19th century origin was visible as low and narrow earthwork banks on aerial photographs of the 1940s on the eastern banks of the River Exe south-east of the former Brampford Speke Station.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 929 985
Map Sheet:SX99NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBrampford Speke
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKE CANON
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAMPFORD SPEKE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORCHARD (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1840 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1823, RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RS 4231-4232 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354994.

Parallel earthwork banks were visible.


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

Evidence of a possible former orchard of probable post-medieval to 19th century origin was visible as low and narrow earthwork banks on aerial photographs of the 1940s on the eastern banks of the River Exe south-east of the former Brampford Speke Station. The banks are arranged roughly north-west to south-east, and were probably made to aid drainage into a water channel immediately to the south.
The plot of land within which the banks were visible was not depicted as an orchard on the Ordnance Survey First Edition 25 inch map or listed as an Orchard on the Tithe Apportionments for Upton Pyne. This might support the interpretation that any orchard in this location was cleared of trees prior to circa 1840.
The earthwork banks were not visible on more recent images available to the survey and have probably been levelled.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV354994Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1823. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1823 RS 4231-4232 04-NOV-1946. [Mapped feature: #73018 ]
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 30 2015 3:02PM