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Monument Number 1099577

Hob Uid: 1099577
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Exmoor
Grid Ref : SS7749037630
Summary : A square enclosure is visible on aerial photographs as a low earthwork at this location No trace could be detected during field investigation. It is suggested that the feature may have been a sheepfold, possibly abandoned in favour of the extant sheepfold to the east (see NMR UID 1099609).
More information : No trace of the square enclosure identified by the Somerset SMR (2) could be identified on the ground. It is unlikely to have been visible from the air as a cropmark because the area is unimproved moorland, but may have manifested itself as a vegetation mark.
The proximity of this enclosure to the square sheepfold (SS73NE26), coupled with the similar size and orientation of the two features might suggest that they are associated. It is concievable that this enclosure was either a second sheepfold, or possibly an earlier attempt to build one at a less favourable location. (1-2)

The square enclosure is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a low earthwork lying some 280 metres north-west of the extant sheep fold (see NMR UID 1099609). It is a similar size and alignment to the extant sheep fold, and may have been the original sheepfold constructed on Great Woolcombe, moved to a more favourable location at a later date (3).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North WR 27-0CT-94 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Somerset County SMR 33099
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 106G/UK/1655 3413-14 11-JUL-1946
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Sheep Fold, Square Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Sheep Fold, Square Enclosure
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence, Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33099
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO6934
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 73 NE 15
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1099609
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01