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HER Number:MDV75126
Name:Strip Fields east of Gilscott, Alwington

Summary

Former field system visible on 1946 aerial photography.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 391 239
Map Sheet:SS32SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAlwington
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishALWINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STRIP FIELD (Early Medieval to XX - 1066 AD to 1978 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5033-5034 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Three possible strip field boundaries of probable medieval date are visible as very low earthwork banks.


Meridian Airmaps Limited, 1967, MAL/67007, RAF MAL/67007 106-107 08-FEB-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349066.

Three possible strip field boundaries of probable medieval date are visible as very low earthwork banks.


Ordnance Survey, 1978, OS/78017, NMR OS/78017 190-19116-APR-1978 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349081.

The possible strip field boundaries are no longer visible as earthworks.


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.

Cropmarks and soilmarks on 1946 aerial photograph representing north-south boundaries of part of former field system to east of Gilscott. Extends approximately north from road at SS39382358, to Good Friday Plantation. Other details: 2902.


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

Three possible strip field boundaries of probable medieval date are visible as very low earthworks on aerial photographs of 1946 to 1967, centred on circa SS39172409. The possible boundaries are not visible as earthworks on aerial photographs of 1978 onwards.
Rather than archaeological in origin the features described by the above authority (Collings, Manning and Valentin, 2007) appear to be related to modern agricultural activity, and are not indicative of former strip field boundaries. Nonetheless, the extant field system is clearly based on medieval strip fields, as illustrated by the presence of relict field boundaries recorded to the north-west.

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.
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
SDV349066Aerial Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Limited. 1967. MAL/67007. Meridian Airmaps Limited Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF MAL/67007 106-107 08-FEB-1967.
SDV349081Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1978. OS/78017. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR OS/78017 190-19116-APR-1978.
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5033-5034 19-APR-1946.

Associated Monuments

MDV102302Related to: Strip field earthworks north-west of Gilscott (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 14 2012 10:53AM