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HER Number:MDV73806
Name:Strip Fields to the south of Blackhorse Lane


Site of medieval strip fields shown on 19th century map between Blackhorse Lane & Honiton Road


Grid Reference:SX 974 934
Map Sheet:SX99SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadclyst
Civil ParishSowton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOWTON
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADCLYST

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STRIP FIELD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full description

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, Archaeological Assessment of Land at Redhayes, Sowton, Exeter, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV338701.

Site of possible medieval strip fields shown on the 19th century Tithe Map between Blackhorse Lane & Honiton Road. These fields may represent the fossilised remains of the medieval 'open-field' system. Another area of similar fields is identified to the north of Blackhorse Lane. Other details: Site 4.

Sabin, D. + Donaldson, K., 2007, East of Exeter Major Scheme Bid M5 Junction 29 and Old A30, Exeter, Devon: Geophysical Survey, 2, 9-11 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV345286.

A magnetometer survey was carried out along the proposed route of a new road to the east of Junction 29 of the M5. The eastern part of the site crosses agricultural land that at the time of the survey contained maize stubble. The western part of this survey area starts adjacent to iron fencing separating the field from a disused lane that at one time linked Redhayes Lodge to the south, with Redhayes villa to the north. The survey corridor then extends due east to meet Honiton Road west of Blackhorse. A number of anomalies identified in this area are related to former agricultural activity. These include land boundaries which suggest that the current fields were formed by much smaller land units. Also, other linear and curvilinear anomalies were identified, which may be interpreted as ditch-like features, but are of uncertain origin. Other details: Figures 2, 4, 6, 8.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338701Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. Archaeological Assessment of Land at Redhayes, Sowton, Exeter. Exeter Archaeology Report. 05.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV345286Report - Geophysical Survey: Sabin, D. + Donaldson, K.. 2007. East of Exeter Major Scheme Bid M5 Junction 29 and Old A30, Exeter, Devon: Geophysical Survey. Archaeological Surveys Ltd. 206. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2, 9-11.

Associated Monuments

MDV64550Related to: Ring Ditches to the south of Blackhorse Lane (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4246 - Land at Redhayes, Sowton, Exeter
  • EDV4911 - Geophysical Survey at M5 Junction 29 and Old A30, Exeter

Date Last Edited:Mar 28 2023 8:36AM