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HER Number:MDV9326
Name:Curvilinear enclosures to west of Ford Farm, Newton St Cyres


Three joining curvilinear enclosures of potential prehistoric date show clearly as crop mark ditches on aerial photographs taken from 1975 onwards, to the west of Ford Farm, Newton St Cyres.


Grid Reference:SX 887 975
Map Sheet:SX89NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton St. Cyres
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN
Ecclesiastical ParishNEWTON ST.CYRES

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Three prehistoric curvilinear enclosures south west of Ford Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX89NE44
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX89NE/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SX89NE44 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV338098.

SX 887975 situated lower down the spur on its north east side about 50M OD (citinig Sainsbury). Complex of at least three conjoined curvilinear enclosures, probably prehistoric (citing Miller).

Cambridge University Collection, 1975, CUC/BTS, 36, 38 (Aerial Photograph). SDV119928.

Three curvilinear enclosures joined to each other show very clearly as cropmarks on CUC aerial photograph. Double ditches of a past field system also show well. Other details: 36 in HER.

Timms, S. C., 1980, Cropmarks (Worksheet). SDV338083.

Possible ditch visible as cropmark on aerial photograph taken in summer 1979.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/AN (Aerial Photograph). SDV338097.

Devon aerial photograph shows as Cambridge University photograph with some additional internal features. Most complete enclosure c60m east-west by c90m north-south. Others comparable.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/S, 7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV338093.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/W, 10A (Aerial Photograph). SDV338094.

Robinson, R., 1987 - 2000, Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project (Un-published). SDV342165.

Sites lie on gentle east slope on the end of an east facing spine. No visible earthworks. Other details: Photo DPRFP R18.

Sainsbury, I. S., 1990, RCHME Field Investigation (Site Visit). SDV338089.

No traces of earthworks in the regularly cultivated arable fields, now under crop.

Miller, A., 1996, Untitled Source (Interpretation). SDV338628.

Young, A., 2005, Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Cartographic). SDV321540.

Transcriptions of ditches correspond to the grid reference for PRN166280.

Young, A. & Turner, S., 2005-2006, North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records, PRN166280 (Interpretation). SDV358473.

A complex of at least three co-joined curvilinear enclosures, probably of prehistoric date, visible on aerial photographs (p1-4) as cropmarks centred c.150m west-southwest of Ford. Each enclosure is roughly 65m wide and at least 50m long. All are incomplete: some sections appear to be masked, or are not visible in the crop. Within two of the enclosures linear features are visible, running the width of the enclosures. The feature was digitally plotted as part of the National Mapping Programme.
Photograph references:
1. CUC CUC/BTS 36-38 03-JUL-1975
2. DCC DAP/S 7 23-JUN-1984
3. DCC DAP/W 10A 25-JUN-1985
4. DCC DAP/AN 4 29-JUN-1984

Sources / Further Reading

SDV119928Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection. 1975. CUC/BTS. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 36, 38.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Plot of Cropmarks. Digital. [Mapped feature: #109649 ]
SDV338083Worksheet: Timms, S. C.. 1980. Cropmarks. Devon County Sites and Monuments Register. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV338089Site Visit: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1990. RCHME Field Investigation. RCHME Field Investigation. Not Applicable.
SDV338093Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/S. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7.
SDV338094Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/W. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10A.
SDV338097Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/AN. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV338098National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX89NE44. NMR Index. Unknown.
SDV338628Interpretation: Miller, A.. 1996. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. Digital.
SDV342165Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1987 - 2000. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. A4 Unbound.
SDV358473Interpretation: Young, A. & Turner, S.. 2005-2006. North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records. Cornwall Council Report. Digital. PRN166280.

Associated Monuments

MDV9325Related to: Triple Ditched Enclosure to north of Hayne Farm, Newton St Cyres (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Apr 10 2018 1:58PM