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HER Number:MDV57476
Name:Field boundaries and ditches to the north of Pill Farm, Tawstock

Summary

A series of banks or lynchets and ditches are visible in the field to the north of Little Pill. They are partly modern field drains but a principal north-south ditch marks the line of a field boundary shown on the pre railway Tithe Map. An earlier system of east-west ditches is also apparent below the later system of drainage ditches.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 557 318
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTawstock
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAWSTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/555

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DITCH (Post Medieval to Late 20th Century - 1540 AD to 2000 AD (Between))
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Vis=13/5/1997 (horner + mills) series of banks/lynchets and ditches in field north of little pill. Partly modern field drains but a principal n-s ditch with downslope bank may indicate pre-railway divide between farmland and inter-tidal pastures. Small stone footbridge in ne of field over principal e-w ditch running off slopes towards river. Principal n-s line may continue in fields to n (worksheet).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV87028.

Des=worksheet (horner, w. )/(15/5/1997).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV87029.

Des=exeter archaeology/archaeological assessement of a proposed development area at larkbear near barnstaple/(december 2000)7,11/ea report 00.83.

Chris Blandford Associates, 1997, Barnstaple Western Bypass and Urban Relief Road Stage 4. Environmental Assessment Phase A, 14 (Report - Assessment). SDV347381.

Earthwork remains adjacent to the railway line east of Pill. Shown on air photographs. Could be either ridge and furrow or perhaps remnants of former orchards.. Running roughly eat-west. And apparently overlain by a later system of drainage ditches.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Several series of earthworks are visible marking the lines of former field boundaries, modern drainage systems and possible earlier cultivation marks and which continue in the field to the north.

Wessex Archaeology, 2004, Barnstaple Western Bypass: Archaeological Evaluation Report, 8, Fig. 3 (Report - Evaluation). SDV68144.

Two undated parallel southwest to northeast aligned ditches were excavated during the 2003 evaluation by Wessex Archaeology. The ditches were 2 metres apart, 1 metre wide by 0.3 metres deep. The Tithe Map indicates that the ditches comprise a field boundary.

University of Southampton, 2018, North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, No. 164 (Interpretation). SDV361978.

Features visible on LiDAR and also on Channel Coast Observatory aerial photo.

Lewis, D., Sept 2011, Land at Larkbear, Barnstaple: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment, 12, 15 (Report - Assessment). SDV352261.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV347381Report - Assessment: Chris Blandford Associates. 1997. Barnstaple Western Bypass and Urban Relief Road Stage 4. Environmental Assessment Phase A. Chris Blandford Associates Report. Vol 2, Part 2. A4 Stapled + Digital. 14.
SDV352261Report - Assessment: Lewis, D.. Sept 2011. Land at Larkbear, Barnstaple: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment. The Environmental Dimension Partnership (EDP). H_EDP1340_01. A4 Stapled + Digital. 12, 15.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #122503 ]
SDV361978Interpretation: University of Southampton. 2018. North Devon Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. No. 164.
SDV68144Report - Evaluation: Wessex Archaeology. 2004. Barnstaple Western Bypass: Archaeological Evaluation Report. Wessex Archaeology Report. 54511.001. A4 stapled + Digital. 8, Fig. 3.
SDV87028Migrated Record:
SDV87029Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV56636Related to: FINDSPOT in the Parish of Tawstock (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5096 - Barnstaple Western Bypass Geophysical Survey
  • EDV5099 - Barnstaple Western Bypass Evaluation

Date Last Edited:Oct 25 2019 2:27PM