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HER Number:MDV57709
Name:Field boundaries or terraces north-west of Sackham Copse, Ashcombe


Former field boundaries or terraces of possible medieval origin are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 and 1969 as earthworks and cropmarks of ditched curvilinear banks.


Grid Reference:SX 919 779
Map Sheet:SX97NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshcombe
Ecclesiastical ParishASHCOMBE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97NW/202

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD BOUNDARY? (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1840 AD (Between))
  • TERRACE (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

1890, 102SW, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV309852.

Vis=20/3/1997 (ea) terraced area, 1m high, runs nw/se across w corner of field to nw of sackham copse. Ground slopes down to e towards stream. Appears like terraces seen in old orchards, but not shown on 1st ed 6" (1890, 102sw) as orchard.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV309854.

Des=ea/(20/3/1997)/haldon ridge survey.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV309855.

Manning, p. T. + walmsley, l. P. /devon county council haldon ridge archaeological survey phase ii/(1997)11; no 386/(ea report 97.43).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV79.

40m ne from terrace, another less well-defined terrace, 0.75m high, runs se from nw hedgebank, curving around to sse. The terraces are roughly on same alignment and may be part of cultivation system (ea).

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

The visible cropmarks and earthworks do not correspond with any boundaries depicted on the Tithe map for Ashcombe.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1824, RAF/CPE/UK/1824 RP 4085-4086 04-NOV-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352344.

Linear banks are visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1969, OS/69296, OS/69296 V 099-0100 29-JUN-1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361475.

Linear banks are visible.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Linear banks and ditches circa 2m to 5m wide and 30m to 65m long are visible on aerial photographs of 1946 as earthworks on the north-east facing slopes of a combe.
Two banks towards the south-west corner of the plot closely follow the contours of the slope and may be evidence of terracing. The visible features do not correspond with any features depicted on the 19th century maps available to the survey but do appear to be constrained by the extant field boundaries. They do not resemble landscaping typically associated with orchards. This might support the interpretation of the earthworks as evidence of landscaping of possible medieval to post-medieval origin that were removed prior to circa 1840.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV309852Report - Survey: 1890, 102SW.
SDV309854Migrated Record:
SDV309855Migrated Record:
SDV352344Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1824. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1824 RP 4085-4086 04-NOV-1946. [Mapped feature: #114952 ]
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361475Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69296. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/69296 V 099-0100 29-JUN-1969.
SDV79Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2019 11:48AM