Monument record CHF 024 - Post Medieval rectangular pits, possibly oyster beds, visible on aerial photographs cut into the bank of the Butley river.

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Rectangular pits, possibly Post-Medieval oyster beds, are visible on aerial photographs as earthwork features cut into the salt-marsh on the eastern bank of the Butley river in Chillesford parish


Grid reference Centred TM 39317 50539 (127m by 169m)
Map sheet TM35SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A system of inter-connected rectangular and sub-rectangular pits, possibly the remains of a Post Medieval shellfish industry, are visible on aerial photographs of 1945 onwards as earthworks in the saltmarsh of the Butley River, centred on circa TM393505, Chillesford parish (S1). They measure between circa 3 x 3m to about 6 x 6m in size. The majority of the pits are cut into a spit of saltmarsh that is separated from a possible relict sea bank to the west (CHF 022) and the current sea bank on the east (GED 063) by erosional creeks in the saltmarsh. A number of smaller, more regular pits are visible adjacent to the current sea bank at circa TM39365052, but these may be quarry pits for material to repair or maintain the sea banks. The pits are not marked on either the first or second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 and 1904, but their location parallel to the sea bank might suggest a Post Medieval date for their creation. (S2-3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3129-9 23-SEP-1945.
  • <S2> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 58/1674 0100-1 04-MAR-1955.
  • <S3> Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 089-90 24-MAR-1972.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 8 2014 3:49PM

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