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HER Number:MDV16955
Name:Enclosure near Down House Cottages

Summary

An oval enclosure of probable later prehistoric date is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs between 1945 and 2007, to the north of Down House Cottages. Three sides are clearly visible, with the fourth, northern side possibly forming part of the parish boundary with Georgeham parish. Evidence of slight earthworks is inferred from Lidar data and archaeological remains are very likely to survive.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 448 384
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 33298
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NW/18

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OVAL ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1945, RAF/106G/LA/132, NMR RAF/106G/LA/132 5007 14-FEB-1945 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349061.

The enclosure is visible as low earthworks. Map object partly based on this source.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1501, NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3128-3129 13-MAY-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349927.

The enclosure is partly visible as a pale parchmark.


Ordnance Survey, 1973, OS/73/163, 031 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342428.


Unknown, 1982, Untitled Source (Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry). SDV342429.

Three sides of subrectangular enclosure visible as cropmark on 1973 Ordnance Survey aerial photograph. Fourth (north) side may be on line of parish boundary.


Environment Agency, 2006-2007, LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution), LIDAR SS4438NE Environment Agency D0072626 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007 (Cartographic). SDV349850.

A slight curvilinear earthwork bank is visible.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4438 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

The enclosure is visible as a pale parchmark. Map object partly based on this source.


Next Perspectives, 2007, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:, Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4438 04-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349344.

Evidence of internal and external ditches are visible as slight cropmarks.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Other details: Survey number 1233.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

A possible oval hillslope enclosure of probable prehistoric date is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs between 1945 and 2007-2007, on the western edge of a steep sided hill, overlooking Croyde and Croyde Bay to the north-west. Internally at its widest point the area enclosed measures almost 70 metres across, defined by low earthwork banks up to 5 metres wide, although the bank material might have been spread by the plough. Three sides of the enclosure are clearly visible, with the fourth, northern side possibly adjoining and possibly defining part of the parish boundary with Georgeham. Although no earthworks were recorded during a site visit in 1989, slight earthworks are discernable on images derived from Lidar data captured in 2006-2007, indicating good potential for archaeological remains to survive.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV342428Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1973. OS/73/163. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 031.
SDV342429Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry: Unknown. 1982.
SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1945. RAF/106G/LA/132. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/LA/132 5007 14-FEB-1945.
SDV349344Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref:. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Tile Ref: SS4438 04-MAY-2007.
SDV349850Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2006-2007. LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SS4438NE Environment Agency D0072626 NOV-2006 to FEB-2007.
SDV349927Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1501. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF/106G/UK/1501 3128-3129 13-MAY-1946.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2013 3:05PM