ME01759 - CASTLERICKARD - Field system

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Located on a slight S-facing slope and immediately in the area to the N and E of the motte (ME041-014----) and the site of the medieval parish church (ME041-015----). Henry Burnell owned 320 acres at Calsterickard and Ballinahane in 1640 and on the premises were one castle, one mill and a weir (Simington 1940, 191). An area of about 17 ha (c. 43 acres) in pasture contains the remnants of a field system consisting of rectangular fields (dims c. 70m x c. 30m to c. 100m x c. 50m). The fields are defined by low earthen banks or silted ditches (Wth c. 5m; max. D 0.5m), and there are some larger rectangular or square fields (dims c. 200m x c. 200m). The smallest plots (dims c. 40m x c. 20m) are closest to the motte. Within the fields a roadway (Wth c. 5-15m; L c. 180m) defined by earthen banks extends NNE from the vicinity of the church and then turns NE (L c. 180m). Cultivation ridges occupy some of the fields. It is visible on aerial photographs (GSIAP: N 304, 302) and is also visible on Google Earth (18/04/2009; 17/07/2016; 24/03/2017). The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research. Compiled by: Michael Moore Date of revision: 9 August 201

Description Source: Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage

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