Monument record STN 168 - Ridges, of unknown but possible post medieval date
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|Grid reference||Centred TL 8320 8685 (196m by 217m)|
|Civil Parish||SANTON DOWNHAM, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK|
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December 2017. 'Brecks from Above' and Breckland National Mapping Programme.
Ridges reminiscent of ridge and furrow are visible as earthworks on imagery from a lidar survey flown in 2015 (S1). Their date is uncertain, but they appear to pre-date boundaries and tracks shown on modern and historical Ordnance Survey maps (such as S2). They may be the vestiges of former cultivation of the heathland, either for arable agriculture or to grow forage crops for rabbits. Alternatively, they could be ridges for an earlier plantation. It both cases, a post medieval date seems likely. The ridges share their orientation with some of the undated, probably post medieval tracks and boundaries mapped across the same area (SHER STN 171), and with the possible warren boundary to their south (SHER STN 188). Other areas of ridging have been identified nearby (SHER STN 169, STN 170, STN 189).
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 11th December 2017.
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Record last edited
Mar 4 2019 11:14AM