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HER Number:MDV21373
Name:Field System at Short Burn Farm


A field system of possible medieval to post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs as a series of earthwork banks and ditches, to the south of Short Burn Farm. The former field boundaries, which are largely depicted on the Parish Tithe Map, have been recorded as part of the Tamar Valley NMP project.


Grid Reference:SX 418 784
Map Sheet:SX47NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Abbot
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON ABBOT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47NW/30

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

1979, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV253468.

South of shortburn farm the earthworks of removed hedgebanks are recorded on nmr ap (1979).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV253470.

Aph=nmr sx4178:sf 1510/152(26/4/1979)/in smr(lf).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV253472.

Tm + ta/milton abbot(1842).

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

A number of the field boundaries are depicted here.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1983, SX47NW6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV253471.

Linear cropmarks visible on aerial photographs at Shortburn Farm.
The area exhibits a number of spread banks, mostly about 7m wide and 0m3m high. Occupying the sides of a narrow valley. Reference to the Tithe Map shows that these were in existence in 1842 and represent 19th/20th century demolition. Of minor archaeological significance. Very poor condition, under pasture. No finds made.

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2001-2002, Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records, NMRSF1510, SX4178/1/151-2 (Interpretation). SDV346287.

Earthwork ditch and banked features visible on aerial photographs have been interpreted as a field system of unknown, but potential medieval date.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2016, Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey (Personal Comment). SDV359374.

The field boundaries, which are largely depicted on the Parish Tithe Map, may also be of post-medieval date. Only part of the photo reference is given in the transcription attributes, so the date of the photograph is not known.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV253468Migrated Record: 1979.
SDV253470Aerial Photograph:
SDV253471Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1983. SX47NW6. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV253472Migrated Record:
SDV346287Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2001-2002. Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records. National Mapping Programme. Map (Digital). NMRSF1510, SX4178/1/151-2. [Mapped feature: #83099 ]
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV359374Personal Comment: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2016. Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6911 - Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Jul 25 2018 3:50PM