Large Irregular Scarp, West Challacombe Farm, Combe Martin, Devon, West Exmoor Coast

Record ID:  100935 / MNA148467
Record type:  Boundary
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  West Exmoor Coast; South West
Civil Parish:  Combe Martin; North Devon; Devon
Grid Reference:  SS 59030 47510
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Summary

Remains of a large scarp aligned approximately E-W, but forming an irregular break of slope around the N end of the area of relict medieval field strips. It is SE of the field barn.

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  • SCARP (Undated)

Description

Remains of a large scarp aligned approximately E-W, but forming an irregular break of slope around the N end of the area of relict medieval field strips. It is SE of the field barn. The line of the scarp is not shown on any of the historic maps and given the size and evident slumping, this was formerly a sizeable feature. Approximate dimensions: 70m E-W, 1-1.5m high x 1.5-2.5m wide.

Although it is likely to be an earlier field boundary superseded by a very straight boundary immediately uphill, the irregular line of the scarp and relatively level area downslope of it might suggest a former building stance. This is speculative, but there is a gently sloping area below the scarp, but uphill of the other removed boundaries. However the area downhill of this is now quite waterlogged. The area was listed as arable on the Tithe.

Recommendations: Levels of livestock in this area need to be assessed to prevent erosion of the earthwork and loss of definition.

References

  • SNA62241 - Document: Nick Berry. 2002. Archaeological and Historic Landscape Survey of West Challacombe Farm, Combe Martin, Devon.

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