Monument record MYO2232 - Ridge and furrow


Well-preserved medieval ridge and furrow on the western edge of Hob Moor


Grid reference Centred SE 5806 5054 (183m by 305m)
Map sheet SE55SE
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

(SE 5805 5055 FCE) Medieval ridge and furrow

On the western edge of Hob Moor, the eastern ends of at least 20 broad cultivation ridges aligned roughly east - west are well-preserved as earthworks and exhibit (half of) the classic 'reverse-S' pattern. The most pronounced stand some 0.4m high, but they are also traceable as much more degraded earthworks within the playing fields of Hob Moor School. The eastern headland lies against a shallow, slighly meandering channel, now usually dry,probably natural in origin though artificially straightened in places, which was once presumably a tributary of the Holgate beck.

Although now generally considered part of Hob Moor common (SE 55 SE 175), the field lay just beyond the western edge of the ancient common. A map of the Manor of Dringhouses surveyed in 1624 (1a) shows the ridge and furrow described above to be a small fragment of a much larger field system that formerly surrounded the common. The map depicts individual strips and names the tenants.

A Level 1 survey of the area was carried out in 2003 as part of English Heritage's Archaeology of Urban Commons project (Event record 1376159). (1)

1A VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION Map of the Manor of Dringhouses by Samuel Parsons, surveyed 1624, published 1629, held in York City Reference Library
1 Field Investigators Comments English Heritage: Archaeology of Urban Commons project

NMR, NMR data (Unassigned). SYO2214.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unassigned: NMR. NMR data.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Jan 15 2021 11:01AM


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