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HER Number:MDV28528
Name:Deserted farmstead on Peek Hill

Summary

The remains of a medieval settlement on Peek Hill, comprising a longhouse and outbuilding. The longhouse measures 13 metres by 4 wide internally. The outhouse lies to the north east. It measures 8.4 metres by 2.9 metres internally and has an entrance near the rounded corner in the south west. An outshut is attached to the north eastern wall.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 557 699
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 185
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/480
  • Old SAM Ref: 24089
  • Pastscape: 439021

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1980, Scheduled Monument Notification (Schedule Document). SDV220897.

SX 55776996; SX 55807000. The remains of a medieval settlement on Peek Hill, comprising a longhouse and outbuilding. The longhouse measures 13 metres by 4 wide internally, with walling of small undressed stones 1 metre wide and 0.6 metres high. It is set at right angles to a fairly steep south slope into which the north end is cut to a depth of 0.5 metre. The house has rounded corners, a centrally placed entrance in the east side and an annex attached to the north western side. A hollow, adjacent to the south eastern side of the building, represents a drainage ditch. The outhouse lies to the north east. It measures 8.4 metres by 2.9 metres internally with similar walling 0.8 metres wide and 0.6 metres high, and an entrance near the rounded corner in the south west. An outshut is attached to the north eastern wall. Scheduled.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE185, 3/9/1980 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV220899.

On a shelf on the south-east slope of Peek Hill around 388 metres ordnance datum are the remains of two probable medieval buildings.
One of the longhouse type at SX 55746995 measures 12.3 metres by 3.9 metres internally, with walling of small undressed stones 0.8 metres wide and 0.6 metres high. It is set at right angles to a fairly steep south slope into which the north end is cut to a depth of 0.5 metres. The house has rounded corners and a centrally placed entrance in the east side.
The second building, probably an outhouse, measures 8.5 metres by 3.8 metres internally with similar walling 1.0 metre wide and 0.7 metres high, and an entrance near the rounded corner in the south-west. A possible out-shut 2 metres square internally has been built on its northern wall.
There are no fields in the immediate area excepting the enclosure at SX 55787015.
Surveyed at 1:2500.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not recorded.


Gerrard, S., 1992-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 156873 + 4 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Longhouse and outbuilding. See related records for detail.


Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

This longhouse and outbuilding that both lie on a broad natural shelf on a steep south-west facing hillslope are very well defined and preserved. The drystone walls are on avaerage 0.7 metres high. Nearby linear fragments of rubble are indicative of localised field walling however coherent patterns are now difficult to trace. The site and the general area are covered by dense bracken vegetation. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.


White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads (Un-published). SDV352501.

Peek Hill settlement and longhouse included in list. No further information provided.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1980. Scheduled Monument Notification. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE185. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Digital. 3/9/1980.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1992-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 156873 + 4.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
  • Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV63626Parent of: Longhouse on Peek Hill (Building)
MDV63627Parent of: Outbuilding in deserted farm on Peek Hill (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 9 2016 9:48AM