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HER Number:MDV75345
Name:Strip Fields north east of Eastacott, Clovelly

Summary

Several curvilinear cultivation lines in two fields are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947. They mimic the pattern of a medieval strip field system, but it is more likely that they are cultivation lines from modern agricultural activity.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 325 237
Map Sheet:SS32SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishClovelly
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishCLOVELLY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Unknown date)
  • NON ANTIQUITY (XX - 1946 AD to 1947 AD (Between))

Full description

T Woodmas & Co, Surveyors., 1840, Map of the Parish of Clovelly, Devon (Cartographic). SDV349395.

No field boundaries are depicted in this location.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

No field boundaries are depicted in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5043-5044 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Three parallel curvilinear cultivation lines are visible in one field.


Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF CPE/UK/1989, NMR RAF CPE/UK/1989 1003-1004 12-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349551.

Four parallel cultivation marks are visible in two fields.


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.

North-south linear features visible on 1946 aerial photograph representing former strip fields. Located 400 metres to the northeast of Eastacott. Other details: 2893.


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

Several curvilinear cultivation lines in two fields are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1947. Only two of the lines appear to coincide, and here there is a difference in tone that mimics the appearance of the buried banks of a former field boundary. In contrast to what might be expected of a medieval strip field system, the lines are parallel to the extant curvilinear boundary on the west, but not the eastern boundary. No boundaries are depicted here on available nineteenth century mapping, and no definite cropmark or earthwork evidence of a former field boundary bank or ditch is visible on these or later aerial photographs available to the survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5043-5044 19-APR-1946.
SDV349395Cartographic: T Woodmas & Co, Surveyors.. 1840. Map of the Parish of Clovelly, Devon. Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV349551Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF CPE/UK/1989. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). NMR RAF CPE/UK/1989 1003-1004 12-APR-1947. [Mapped feature: #102473 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jun 25 2012 2:53PM