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HER Number:MDV81267
Name:Earthworks for agricultural improvement south of Long Furlong


Narrow ridge and furrow is clearly visible as earthworks in aerial photographs from 1946, probably a result of modern agricultural improvement through deep ploughing for improved drainage. By 1999 the ridges were visible only as cropmarks.


Grid Reference:SS 257 261
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 ridge and furrow is visible as earthworks. Other details: DCC RAF/106G/UK/1631 2079-2080 08-JUL-1946.

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

No earthworks or cropmarks are visible. Other details: NMR OS/77023 021-022 19-MAY-1977.

GetMapping, 1999, 089/99, 0262-0263 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349037.

Ridge and furrow is visible as cropmarks. Other details: DCC GM/089/99 0262-0263 24-JUL-1999.

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

Narrow ridge and furrow, approximately 5.5 metres apart, is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 as earthworks aligned roughly north-north-east to south-south-west. Is is very clearly defined and likely to be relatively recent when the photograph was taken, presumably to encourage better drainage of the land for agricultural improvement. Although there is no visible trace of them on aerial photographs of 1977, the ridges are visible as cropmarks on 1999 aerial photographs, indicating that some remains survive below ground.

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.
SDV349036Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1977. OS/77023. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). 021-022.
SDV349037Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999. 089/99. GetMapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 0262-0263.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2012 3:51PM