Monument record STN 169 - Ridges, of unknown but possible post medieval or modern date
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|Grid reference||Centred TL 8336 8665 (526m by 493m)|
|Civil Parish||SANTON DOWNHAM, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (6)
- RIDGE AND FURROW? (Unknown date)
- RIDGE AND FURROW? (Post Medieval to IPS: Modern - 1540 AD? to 2050 AD?)
- CULTIVATION MARKS? (Post Medieval to IPS: Modern - 1540 AD? to 2050 AD?)
- CULTIVATION MARKS? (Unknown date)
- PLANTATION? (Unknown date)
- PLANTATION? (Post Medieval to IPS: Modern - 1540 AD? to 2050 AD?)
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 a post medieval to modern date seems probable as they share their orientation with boundaries depicted on historical Ordnance Survey maps (such as S2; or are aligned perpendicular to them). Two alignments are evident, orientated at 90 degrees to each other; these may represent two phases of ridging, or cross ridging in successive years. They may be the vestiges of former cultivation of the heathland, either for arable agriculture or to grow forage crops for rabbits. However, given their potentially 19th or early 20th century date, they are perhaps more likely to be ridges for an earlier plantation. The ridges may be contemporary with at least some of the undated, probably post medieval tracks and boundaries mapped across the same area (SHER STN 171); other areas of ridging have been identified nearby (SHER STN 168 and STN170).
S. Tremlett (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 11th December 2017.
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Record last edited
Mar 4 2019 11:15AM