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HER Number:MDV12795
Name:Strip fields north of the Colly Brook, Peter Tavy


Unusually large 23 hectares of Medieval or later field system, apparently associated with Little Godsworthy Farm and Wedlake, now incorporated in larger fields and being denuded by occasional ploughing.


Grid Reference:SX 531 776
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of 23 hectares of medieval or later strip fields north of Colly Brook and streamworking remains

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/86
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STRIP FIELD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Vegetation marks of strip lynchets with rounded ends (os).

RCHM APP 1985 ON 1977 APS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232200.

Large number of north-south on modern agricultural to the north of the colly brook. Western limit of lynchetted fields sx52677766 approximately. Eastern limit of lynchetted fields sx53707750 (rchm app 1985 on 1977 aps).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232202.

Evidently originated as strip fields c.12m wide aligned with a fairly steep n-s slope, which because there is a gentle shelving to w has resulted in lynchets on that side. They are unimpressive on the ground, all rather spread and generally 0.3m, exceptionally 0.6m (nmr, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232205.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV232206.

Aph=f65 58 raf 6399 044 2 july 1964.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV232207.

Aph=nmr sx5378/1/214-216(20/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232208.

Des=griffith, f. M. /as above(26/8/1986).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV232209.

Des=gerrard, s. /(-/-/1995)/as above.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=18/10/1980 (os) an unusually large 23ha medieval or later field system, apparently associated with little godsworthy farm and wedlake, now incorporated in larger fields and being denuded by occasional ploughing.

Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV677.

Vis=24/8/1986 (griffith) the traces of these fields can still be clearly seen. Since they run up the hill the term 'strip fields' seems more appropriate than 'lynchet'. Some of the boundaries survive as hedgebanks in the modern field pattern.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV232200Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985 ON 1977 APS.
SDV232202Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV232205Migrated Record:
SDV232206Aerial Photograph:
SDV232207Aerial Photograph:
SDV232208Migrated Record:
SDV232209Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV677Report - Survey: Griffith, F. M..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 12 2016 4:03PM