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Monument Number 1102386

Hob Uid: 1102386
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Minehead Without
Grid Ref : SS9454047340
Summary : A Post Medieval fragmentary field system is visible as earthworks and located around the head of Woodcombe. The field system is defined by banks and lynchets and represents an attempt to enclose and improve the land. The most impressive lynchet is 6m long and stands to about 2.5m high. A later road (SS 94 NW 96) constructed during the Second World War cuts through the field system and the military activities (SS 94 NW 64) which took place here obscure any evidence of it further to the north.
More information : Centred at SS 9497 4735 in and around the head of Woodcombe is an extensive fragmentary field system representing attempts to enclose and improve the area in the post-medieval period. The remains comprise slight field banks on the open moor on the southern side of Hill Road, and immediately north of the improved land on Bratton Ball. In Woodcombe itself are further field banks and some lynchets, which seem to mark attempts to enclose the steeper slopes. The most impressive lynchet is at SS 9509 4696 running north-south on steep east facing slopes. It is some 6 m long and stands to about 2.5 m high.
Field system surveyed at 1:2500 scale as part of RCHME fieldwork on the Exmoor National Park holding on North Hill. (1-3)

The field system referred to above (1-2) is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The field system is centred at SS 9453 4734 and covers an area that measures 870m long by 480m wide at its widest points. A later road (SS 94 NW 96, UID 1102269) constructed during the Second World War cuts through the field system and the military activities (SS 94 NW 64, UID 1102198) which took place here obscure any evidence of it further to the north. (4-5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North 13 Nov 1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : The field archaeology of North Hill : an archaeological survey of the Exmoor National Park Holding by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England
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Source : The Field Archaeology of North Hill
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Source Number : 4
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/106G/UK/1655 3010-3011 11-JUL-1946
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS-79013 164-165 17-APR-1979
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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 : Field System, Lynchet, Field Boundary
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 NW 101
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1102198
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1102269
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: SEVERN ESTUARY NMP, RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2006-04-10
End Date : 2008-11-01