Monument record MDR15468 - Ridge and furrow, Blue Bell Inn, Fenny Bentley

Type and Period (2)

  • (Medieval to Stuart - 1066 AD to 1650 AD)
  • (Elizabethan to Georgian - 1600 AD? to 1799 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Broad cultivation type medieval to early post-medieval ridge and furrow, particularly well preserved in parts. It predates the present hedged field boundaries, themselves dating from the 18th century and perhaps even earlier. Preservation of the ridge and furrow is variable across the site, from untouched to severely ploughed-down. Some areas contain fairly high ridges with increasingly narrow ridge and furrow, probably due to two earlier closes being combined and later ploughed. Survivng headlands may mirror earlier strip terminals that existed, when each open close was being cultivated by plough teams of oxen and there was need for a curved approach to position the plough. For more detail, please refer to the survey report. (1)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1991. Brookwood Farm, Fenney Bentley, Derbyshire, archaeological survey, 1991. Feature 1 p. 1.



Grid reference Centred SK 1706 5153 (438m by 485m)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR3720

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Record last edited

Jun 24 2015 8:31AM

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