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HER Number:MDV81342
Name:Earthworks from agricultural improvement south of Exmansworthy Farm

Summary

Narrow ridge and furrow is visible as clear earthworks on aerial photographs from 1946 and is probably the result of deep ploughing to enhance drainage for agricultural improvement of land. No earthworks are visible on later aerial photographs, and the earthworks may have since beeen levelled.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 272 263
Map Sheet:SS22NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
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, 2077-2078 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349023.

Ridge and furrow is visible as earthworks across this field. Other details: DCC RAF/106G/UK/1631 2077-2078 08-JUL-1946.


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

Narrow ridge and furrow is visible on aerial photographs from 1946 as parallel linear earthworks, aligned cross-contour at approximately north-west to south-east and at spacings of 3 to 4 metres, either side of a darker area which may be a spring line. It is very clear and likely to be relatively recent when the photograph was taken. The earthworks are probably the result of deep ploughing to enhance drainage for agricultural improvement of land, in common with many other fields in the vicinity in the mid twentieth century. No earthworks are visible on later aerial photographs, and the earthworks may have since beeen levelled.

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). 2077-2078. [Mapped feature: #108092 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2012 5:02PM