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HER Number:MDV123342
Name:Orchard south of Huxbear House, Hennock


Ridges made for improved drainage and soil depth within an orchard of probable 19th century date were visible as earthwork banks in a plot to the south of Huxbear House, Hennock, on aerial photographs of the 1940s to 1960s.


Grid Reference:SX 854 798
Map Sheet:SX87NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHennock
Ecclesiastical ParishHENNOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ORCHARD (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 1964 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

The plot is listed as Plot 329, Fruit Land Orchard.

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

The plot is depicted as an orchard.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3068-3069 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

Parallel banks are visible as earthworks under moderate tree cover.

Fairy Surveys Ltd, 1964, FSL/6412 V, FSL/6412 V 2073-2074 07-FEB-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357115.

Parallel banks are visible as earthworks under light tree cover.

Google, 2017, Google Earth Pro, EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 02-NOV-2011 ACCESSED 11-OCT-2018 (Aerial Photograph). SDV360456.

The banks are not visible as earthworks and the plot is cleared of trees and field boundaries.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Parallel earthwork ridges were visible under moderate tree cover on aerial photographs of 1946, over circa 1.2 hectares of the north-east facing slopes south of Huxbear House, Hennock. The closely spaced banks are on average 8.5 metres wide and are aligned obliquely cross-contour. They are interpreted as banks made to enhance drainage and provide additional depth of soil within an orchard.
The plot in which the banks are visible is depicted as an orchard on the Tithe Map for Hennock (Plot 329, Fruit Land Orchard) and the Ordnance Survey 25-inch First Edition map. The banks were therefore probably created prior to circa 1840. The plot remained lightly planted in 1964 but the banks were not visible as earthworks on images derived from aerial photographs of 2011 and have 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).
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3068-3069 13-APR-1946.
SDV357115Aerial Photograph: Fairy Surveys Ltd. 1964. FSL/6412 V. Fairy Surveys Ltd aerial photograph. Photograph (Paper). FSL/6412 V 2073-2074 07-FEB-1964. [Mapped feature: #114004 ]
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360456Aerial Photograph: Google. 2017. Google Earth Pro. Various. Digital. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 02-NOV-2011 ACCESSED 11-OCT-2018.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 30 2018 11:32AM