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HER Number:MDV81167
Name:Earthworks from agricultural improvement south-west of Pitt


Narrow parallel ridges are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from the 1940s to the 1970s, probably the result of modern deep ploughing for agricultural improvement. They may since have been levelled.


Grid Reference:SS 254 257
Map Sheet:SS22NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NARROW RIDGE AND FURROW (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1631, 2079-2080 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349023.

Narrow parallel ridge and furrow approximately 6 metres apart is visible on an aerial photograph of 8th July 1946, aligned approximately north - south across this field. The furrows appear to cut through an earlier curving bank. Other details: DCC RAF/106G/UK/1631 2079-2080 08-JUL-1946.

Ordnance Survey, 1977, OS/77023, 021-022 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349036.

The ridges are visible as earthworks, cut by a network of open trenches that suggests the installation of a below-ground drainage system. Other details: NMR OS/77023 021-022 19-MAY-1977.

GetMapping, 1999, 089/99, 0260-0261 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349037.

The ridges are not visible, although the more recent drainage system shows clearly as pale linear cropmarks. The ridge and furrow earthworks may have been levelled. Other details: DCC GM/089/99 0260-0261 24-JUL-1999.

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

Narrow parallel ridges and furrows visible as earthworks on aerial photographs between 1946 and 1977 are interpreted as the result of an episode of deep ploughing, for better drainage, in order to improve land for agriculture. A network of below-ground drains was then installed in the 1970s.

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
SDV349023Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1631. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2079-2080. [Mapped feature: #107929 ]
SDV349036Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1977. OS/77023. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). 021-022.
SDV349037Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999. 089/99. GetMapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 0260-0261.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2012 11:08AM