Earthwork, Horners' Neck Wood, Watersmeet

Record ID:  100260 / MNA108016
Record type:  Monument
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  Watersmeet; South West
Civil Parish:  Countisbury; North Devon; Devon
Grid Reference:  SS 7470 4885
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Summary

On the neck of the promontory spur in Horner's Neck Wood is an interesting group of earthworks. It includes two rectangular structures at the extreme southern end and an apparently defensive work to the north, cutting across the spur. Of the two rectangular structures, the larger, northern one is 20 metres east -west by 15 metres north- south, with a gap, presumably for a doorway in the south west corner.

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Monument Types

  • EARTHWORK (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 42 AD)

Description

On the neck of the promontory spur in Horner's Neck Wood is an interesting group of earthworks. It includes two rectangular structures at the extreme southern end and an apparently defensive work to the north, cutting across the spur. Of the two rectangular structures, the larger, northern one is 20 metres east -west by 15 metres north- south, with a gap, presumably for a doorway in the south west corner. The second structure, presumably the foundation of a little out -building, is orientated north -south. It is 10 metreb long by 8 metres'wide, with a doorway in the south side. Both these structures include masonry rubble and are building foundations.
The cross -spur bank is situated 100 metres north along the Neck, it is c.10 metres wide by metres high, with no trace of a ditch. The spur slopes naturally to the south. The bank, which has a break for an entrance on the eastern shoulder of the spur was probably associated with the buildings to the south, and was perhaps originally for stock control rather than defence.

References

  • SZR49094 - National Trust Report: Caroline Thackray. 1986. NT Archaeological Survey, Lynmouth, Devon.

Designations

None Recorded

Other Statuses and References

  • HER/SMR Reference (External): SS74NW/196
  • National Park
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest

Associated Events

  • ENA504 - Field Survey, Nt Archaeological Survey, Lynmouth, Devon

Associated Finds

None Recorded

Related Records

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