Monument record BUT 040 - Row of Post Medieval oyster beds.

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A row of oyster beds of Post-Medieval date on the saltmarsh of Butley River, Butley parish


Grid reference Centred TM 39197 48309 (30m by 93m)
Map sheet TM34NE


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Full Description

The earthwork remains of a probable Post-Medieval oyster bed is visible on aerial photographs, centred on circa TM39194832 in the inter-tidal saltmarsh of the Butley River, Butley parish. The feature is visible as a row of rectangular banked enclosures arranged in a cellular configuration, each rectangular cell measuring approximately 12 x 6m in size. The partial remains of about 12 or 13 cells can be seen as eroded banks, with a partially silted up pit visible at the northern end. The pits are not marked on the first or second edition Ordnance Survey maps of circa 1884 and 1904, and the very eroded condition of the earthworks suggests that the earthworks predate these maps. A Post-Medieval date for this feature seems probable. (S1-4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. circa 1884.
  • <S2> Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". circa 1904.
  • <S3> Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/832 3171-2 23-SEP-1945.
  • <S4> Photograph: Meridian Airmaps Ltd. Meridian - Air Photograph. NMR MAL/6594 124-5 03-NOV-1965.

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Record last edited

May 10 2022 12:24AM

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