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Monument record MDR8099 - Earthworks, west of Upwoods Road, Doveridge

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  • None recorded

Full Description

To the west of Upwoods Road, three fields were found to preserve substantial tracts of ridge and furrow, perhaps the remains of a medieval field system. Two of the fields were crossed by tracks, indicated by hollow ways, leading to the crossing point of the Dove at Dove Bridge. One field also contained irregular earthworks at its eastern edge, near Upwoods Road, possibly indicating the site of former buildings. The earthworks are probably of medieval or post-medieval date. (1) Some of these earthworks have been destroyed with the construction of the Doveridge Bypass. A topographical survey, in 1994, recorded ridge and furrow. The Doveridge enclosure award of 1791 indicates that the surveyed area lay within Kibbage Field, one of the open fields of Doveridge. Each block (furlong) of ridge and furrow represents a division within the open field. At enclosure Kibbage Field was divided into parcels, of which the surveyed area comprised three. The furlong boundaries, and corresponding enclosure period field boundaries are marked by slight earthworks. The present pattern of hedge and fence field boundaries represent a late 19th century subdivision of the original enclosure parcels. Ridge and furrow on four alignments was recorded. The best preserved block has been substantially truncated by a recent housing development, at its north-western edge the ridge and furrow terminates in a headland against a wide unploughed baulk. The extent of earthworks adjacent to Upwoods Road was surveyed and compared with the OS 25" first edition map of 1881, which suggests that the earthworks are the partially backfilled remains of a pond. A backfilled well, apparent as a slight circular earthwork depression was also recorded. (2) Medieval ridge and furrow earthworks were also identified in this area during an aerial photographic mapping survey, which was carried out in 2009/10, using photographs dating to 1948. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Challis, K, Morris, T & Woodhouse, G. 1994. A564(T) Doveridge Bypass Archaeological Assessment.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Challis, K & Howard, A (NUCL). 1995. A564 (T) Doveridge Bypass. Archaeological Evaluation..
  • <3> Digital data: Archaeological Research Services (ARS) Ltd. 2009/2010. Aerial Photographic Mapping Survey carried out as part of an Aggregates Resource Project.



Grid reference Centred SK 11317 34814 (609m by 525m)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR3850
  • EDR1715

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Record last edited

Mar 14 2020 8:49PM

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