Stones on Mardon Common

October 1, 2016

 

A walk over Mardon Common recently revealed what recent 'swaling' (burning off gorse and bracken) has surfaced. There are quite a few foxholes/slit-trenches and gun shelter holes from the US troops who practised there prior to the D-Day landings in 1944. Grass-covered ridges could be early medieval reeves and/or the remains of ridge and furrow ploughing. The lines of stones shown in the photo leave questions - did they mark the boundary between the manors of Moretonhampstead that claimed a third of Mardon and Doccombe manor that had the rest? 

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