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HER Number:MDV81196
Name:Narrow ridge and furrow, east of Blegberry

Summary

Narrow ridge and furrow is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs from the 1940s to the 1950s. The earthworks are probably the result of modern deep ploughing for agricultural improvement and drainage.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 236 260
Map Sheet:SS22NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

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/CPE/UK/1793, 4004-4005 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349050.

Narrow ridge and furrow of probable modern date is visible as earthworks on aerial photogaphs of 1946. Other details: NMR RAF/CPE/UK/1793 F20 4004-5 12-OCT-1946.


Royal Air Force, 1954, RAF/58/1378 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349063.

Narrow ridge and furrow of probable modern date is visible as earthworks on aerial photogaphs of 1954. Other details: NMR RAF/58/1378 0016 10-MAR-1954.


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

The narrow ridge and furrow is no longer visible as earthworks on aerial photogaphs of 1977. Other details: NMR OS/77023 016-017 19-MAY-1977.


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

Narrow ridge and furrow of probable modern date is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 to 1954, as earthworks located circa 500 metres to the east of Blegberry, Hartland. An area of approximately 1 hectare appears to have been deep-ploughed to improve drainage for agriculture, resulting in the ridged earthworks visible on aerial photographs. The earthworks are circa 5 metres apart and aligned roughly north-east to south-west, across the contours of a south-facing slope. The visible earthworks coincide with an area depicted on the Ordnance Survey second edition map as unimproved grassland, and therefore may have been constructed after the map’s publication in the early 1900s. The earthworks are not visible on aerial photographs of 1977 and may have been levelled by further improvements.

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).
SDV349050Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1793. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4004-4005. [Mapped feature: #107950 ]
SDV349063Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1954. RAF/58/1378. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2012 2:56PM