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HER Number:MDV115935
Name:Former Field System between Higher Rag Copse and Park Farm, Membury Parish


Former field boundaries of a probable medieval or post-medieval field system are visible as curvilinear dark cropmarks on aerial photographs taken from 1999 onwards. Two linear earthwork banks may be associated.


Grid Reference:ST 286 015
Map Sheet:ST20SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

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

No field boundaries are depicted in this exact location.

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

A curvilinear line of trees and scrub is depicted.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1975, RAF/CPE/UK/1975 FP 1122-1123 11-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV359646.

Two linear earthwork banks are visible.

GetMapping, 1999, 076/99, Devon County Council GetMapping/076/99 0147-0148 24-JUL-1999 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356305.

Several curvilinear earthwork banks and ditches are visible.

Google, 2015, Google Earth Pro, EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 30-APR-2013 ACCESSED 17-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV359580.

Curvilinear dark cropmarks are visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2016-2018, The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV359463.

Several curvilinear and rectilinear dark cropmarks, circa 2.5 metres in width, are visible on aerial photographs taken from 2000 onwards and on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2014. One corresponds to a line of trees and scrub depicted on the first edition OS mapping, but otherwise there are no features depicted in this location on the historic mapping. The cropmarks are interpreted as having formed over the remains of the ditches of field boundaries that went out of use prior to the mid-19th century. A small rectilinear cropmark 36 by 19 metres seems to have been formed partly from two longer curvilinear cropmarks. Two possible linear earthwork banks are visible to the south on aerial photographs taken in 1947, and they may be associated, although they are not visible on any of the other available imagery and this interpretation is tentative.

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.
SDV356305Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999. 076/99. GetMapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council GetMapping/076/99 0147-0148 24-JUL-1999. [Mapped feature: #75285 ]
SDV359463Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2016-2018. The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:2
SDV359580Aerial Photograph: Google. 2015. Google Earth Pro. Various. Digital. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 30-APR-2013 ACCESSED 17-MAY-2016.
SDV359646Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1975. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1975 FP 1122-1123 11-APR-1947.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7508 - The Blackdown Hills AONB and East Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Ref: ACD1228)

Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2018 1:02PM