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HER Number:MDV15722
Name:Strip cultivation and clearance south-west of Foale’s Arrishes

Summary

A series of parallel stone clearance lines, south-west of Foale’s Arrishes main enclosure, extend south towards Blackslade Mire and are probable evidence of strip cultivation, first noted in 1960. The visible examples are between 10 and 12.5 metres apart and up to 175 metres long.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 735 756
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/122/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Cambridge University, 03/05/1971, CUC/BFF, 72-75 (Aerial Photograph). SDV308638.


Cambridge University, 1950, CUC/FL, 36-38 (Aerial Photograph). SDV135873.


Cambridge University, 1952, CUC/HR, 73-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV343547.


Cambridge University, 1962, CUC/AFG, 92-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV337030.


Cambridge University, 1967, CUC/ARO, 59-61 (Aerial Photograph). SDV307136.


Cambridge University, 1969, CUC/BAE, 70-71 (Aerial Photograph). SDV343595.


Gawne, E., 1970, Field Patterns in Widecombe Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor, 63 (Article in Serial). SDV238056.

Strip lynchets north-west of foales arrishes enclosure. These are cited as examples of smaller, more primitive, lynchets which may be of pre-saxon date. Here these are faint, with only slight lynchets, forming contour divisions (gawne).


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 50 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Linear stone clearance south-west of Foales Arrishes – evidence of strip cultivation
A series of parallel stone clearance lines, SW of Foale’s Arrishes main enclosure, extend south towards Blackslade Mire and are probable evidence of strip cultivation, first noted by Gawn (1960, 63). Fleming (1994, 113) has depicted 14 such lines but fewer are now visible under the covering of gorse. The visible examples are between 10 and 12.5 metres apart and up to 175 metres long. Condition is stable though partly covered by gorse. SX73700 76000


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor survey - extra HER sites and updates (Un-published). SDV358740.

First recording by Newman; see main report for detail.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV135873Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1950. CUC/FL. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 36-38.
SDV238056Article in Serial: Gawne, E.. 1970. Field Patterns in Widecombe Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 102. A5 Hardback. 63.
SDV307136Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1967. CUC/ARO. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 59-61.
SDV308638Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 03/05/1971. CUC/BFF. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Unknown. 72-75.
SDV337030Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1962. CUC/AFG. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 92-3.
SDV343547Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1952. CUC/HR. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 73-5.
SDV343595Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1969. CUC/BAE. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 70-71.
SDV358740Un-published: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor survey - extra HER sites and updates. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81653 ]
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 50.

Associated Monuments

MDV7415Related to: Hut circle settlement at Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV103648Related to: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV26974Related to: Parallel reaves around Pil Tor (Monument)
MDV112761Related to: Tin prospecting pits at Foale’s Arrishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 12 2019 9:59AM