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HER Number:MDV15712
Name:Fragments of field system north-east of Week Ford

Summary

A cluster of small lynchets survive within approved grassland on the tip of a small promontory overlooking the left bank of the River Dart at Week Ford. The strips, oriented north-east to south-west, remain to heights of between 0.3 metres and 0.9 metres and are spaced at intervals of approximately 23 metres. There are also several stone piles within the field which are the results of recent attempts at clearance. One of the lynchets continues as a crude stony bank into the rough clitter slope between the field and the river. The latter is probably a reave, the upper section of which was reused as a land division in the medieval or later periods. It also is possible that several of the other lynchets began as reaves but the dense vegetation on the clitter slope precludes further investigation.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 663 725
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval lynchets to the north-east of Week Ford, west of Clay Brake

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 218
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/172
  • Pastscape: 1065550
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LYNCHET (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Gawne, E., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144291.

Gawne describes these as deserted downhill strips, of a primitive type, irregular, not more than 7.5m wide (gawne).


APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240086.

Strips visible on hillside to north of week ford (aph).


RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240087.

Strips visible within enclosed land on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240088.

Gawne, e. /tda/102(1970)63/field patterns in widecombe parish and the forest of dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV240089.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/2149 3424(11/6/1947)in smr.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV240090.

Aph=nmr sx6672/3/166-170(19/5/1977).


Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, Map 61 (Monograph). SDV337765.

All features depicted and described as reaves by Butler.


English Heritage, 2005-2008, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape (Website). SDV362732.

Centred SX 66307259. A cluster of small lynchets survive within approved grassland on the tip of a small promontory overlooking the left bank of the River Dart at Week Ford. The strips, oriented north-east to south-west, remain to heights of between 0.3 metres and 0.9 metres and are spaced at intervals of approximately 23 metres. There are also several stone piles within the field which are the results of recent attempts at clearance. One of the lynchets continues as a crude stony bank into the rough clitter slope between the field and the river. The latter is probably a reave, the upper section of which was reused as a land division in the medieval or later periods. It also is possible that several of the other lynchets began as reaves but the dense vegetation on the clitter slope precludes further investigation (citing Probert, S. A. J., 03/12/1995, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144291Migrated Record: Gawne, E..
SDV240086Migrated Record: APH.
SDV240087Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV240088Migrated Record:
SDV240089Aerial Photograph:
SDV240090Aerial Photograph:
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. Map 61.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117491 ]
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV15711Related to: LYNCHET in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest, Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2019 11:30AM