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HER Number:MDV124745
Name:Field Boundaries on Lower Down, Bovey Tracey

Summary

Several pale and dark curvilinear cropmarks, visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s, are tentatively interpreted as having formed over medieval or post-medieval field boundaries that went out of use before the mid-19th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 795 783
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Lower Down is described as 'furze and pasture'.


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

Lower Down is depicted as rough ground.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 RS 4433-4434 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

Dark and pale curvilinear cropmarks are visible.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2507, RAF/CPE/UK/2507 V 5011-5012 13-MAR-1948 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361963.

Dark and pale curvilinear cropmarks are visible.


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 (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Several pale and dark curvilinear cropmarks, between 1.5 to 2.5 metres wide, are visible on aerial photographs taken in the 1940s on Lower Down. None correspond to any features depicted on the available 19th century mapping; Lower Down is described as 'furze and pasture' on the tithe apportionment and on the late-19th century maps it is depicted as rough ground subdivided into large areas by regular straight boundaries, presumably resulting from the 1865 enclosure award (MDV21005). The cropmarks are therefore interpreted as having formed over the remains of medieval or post medieval field boundaries that were long out of use by the mid-19th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 RS 4433-4434 10-DEC-1946.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
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 (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361963Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2507. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/2507 V 5011-5012 13-MAR-1948. [Mapped feature: #115130 ]

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:Apr 25 2019 1:03PM