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HER Number:MDV81151
Name:Possible former boundary bank


A cropmark visible on aerial photographs from the 1940s onwards may be forming over the remains of a possible former boundary bank of unknown date, overlooking Blagdon Cliff near Hartland Point.


Grid Reference:SS 229 271
Map Sheet:SS22NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOUNDARY BANK (Unknown date)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1942, RAF/S767, 6083-6084 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349058.

The possible former earthwork is clearly visible as a cropmark on these aerial photographs, some of the earliest available to the North Devon Coast National Mapping Programme survey. Other details: NMR RAF/S767 6083-6084 15-FEB-1942.

Royal Air Force, 1959, RAF/58/2984, 0126-127 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349064.

The cropmark is clearly visible. It resembles a natural feature and may be geological in origin. Other details: NMR RAF/58/2984 F22 0126-127 30-JUN-1959.

Ordnance Survey, 1977, OS/77023, 013-014 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349036.

The possible boundary is clearly visible on aerial photographs of the 1970s. Other details: NMR OS/77023 013-014 19-MAY-1977.

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

A curvilinear cropmark is visible above Blagdon Cliff near Hartland Point, on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards. The cropmark measures approximately eighty metres long and up to six metres wide. The date and function of this feature are uncertain but it may be the levelled remains of a former boundary bank, the remainder of which has been lost to coastal erosion. Alternatively, although the cropmark is persistent it is somewhat irregular in form and may be geological in origin.

Sources / Further Reading

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
SDV349036Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1977. OS/77023. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). 013-014.
SDV349058Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1942. RAF/S767. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 6083-6084.
SDV349064Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1959. RAF/58/2984. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 0126-127. [Mapped feature: #107915 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 9 2012 4:26PM