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HER Number:MDV12733
Name:Potato Cave or Hull, Leather Tor Farm, Walkhampton

Summary

Potato cave or hull on the left of the lane between Leather Tor Farm and Leather Tor Bridge.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 567 698
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/218

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HULL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Burnard, R., 1894, Plymouth (Monograph). SDV249695.

Potato cave or hull on the left of the lane between Leather Tor Farm and Leather Tor Bridge. A hull dug into the side of the hill. A simple tunnel but a good example, 9.91m long, 2.13m wide, 2.44m high. Known as a 'still' in late 19th century. Used for storing root crops.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.


Griffiths, D., 1986, Site visit to Leather Tor Farm Potato Cave (Worksheet). SDV344911.

Visit to the remains of a possible potato cave, built into the hillside and facing the track. The entrance (probably drystone wall jambs and granite lintel) have now been robbed, but the cave mouth remains visible.


Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

A well preserved hull, but not recommended for scheduling because its associated farmstead was not considered to be of national importance.


Wakeham, C., 2007, Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon, 21 (Report - Survey). SDV349994.

Cave located between the farm and Leathertor Bridge, over 30 metres to the north-west of the entrance gate to the yard. Dug horizontally into the natural ground, about 2.6 metres back from the lane. The entrance is about 1.1 metres high increasing to about 2.0 metres inside. The cave extends back 8.6 metres. The entrance was fitted with a small gateway with short granite posts and a low hedge or bank about 2.0 metres thick. One of several similar surviving features in the area. There are various traditions concerning their use and they have been recorded as 'vooga', 'still' or 'potato cave'. Alternatively they were initially dug for the extraction of growan (decomposed granite) for use in building mortar and then put to various uses such as storage.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
  • Monograph: Burnard, R.. 1894. Plymouth. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. IV.
  • Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown.
  • Worksheet: Griffiths, D.. 1986. Site visit to Leather Tor Farm Potato Cave. Worksheet. Digital.
  • Report - Survey: Wakeham, C.. 2007. Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.06. A4 Comb Bound. 21.

Associated Monuments

MDV102651Related to: Leather Tor Farmhouse, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV12732Related to: Leathertor Deserted Medieval Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6003 - Survey and Recording Leathertor, Walkhamton (Ref: 5946)

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2017 11:18AM