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HER Number:MDV6009
Name:Cator Pound, Widecombe

Summary

Cator pound, widecombe. In his survey of widecombe made about 1750, dean milles describes 'a very considerable circle of stones on the n part of the western down on a farm called cator and on an eminence called whitehill'; he gives the diameter as 58 paces and says it consisted 'chiefly of large stones mowst of which rise about 4 feet above ye ground. This circle consists now of about 30 stones but there are spaces where several more stood, half the number are fallen; the rest are either erect or on their sides'. Vis=estimated -/-/1963 (french & linehan) examination of this site shows that the 'circle' is probably a ruined pound. There is an apparent entrance at its sw side from which a drift way leads towards the walla brook and the forest. A substantial reave runs at right angles from the drift way and forms the w side of the pound. The pound lies just n of the road from ponsworthy to bellever. Vis=4/4/1977 (greeves) remains of substantial prehistoric enclosure with probable remains of hut circle in centre. Evidence of double wall. Many of the surviving stones are very large. Smaller ones probably removed for wall building. W side of enclosure is incorporated into possible medieval boundary wall. Stones from enclosure probably incorporated in latter. The enclosure has definitely been 'cut' by the more recent wall (sketch on worksheet). Vis=incorporated into field boundary and containing ridge and furrow. Visible on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 673 776
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POUND (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV288679.

Cator pound, widecombe. In his survey of widecombe made about 1750, dean milles describes 'a very considerable circle of stones on the n part of the western down on a farm called cator and on an eminence called whitehill'; he gives the diameter as 58 paces and says it consisted 'chiefly of large stones mowst of which rise about 4 feet above ye ground. This circle consists now of about 30 stones but there are spaces where several more stood, half the number are fallen; the rest are either erect or on their sides'. Vis=estimated -/-/1963 (french & linehan) examination of this site shows that the 'circle' is probably a ruined pound. There is an apparent entrance at its sw side from which a drift way leads towards the walla brook and the forest. A substantial reave runs at right angles from the drift way and forms the w side of the pound. The pound lies just n of the road from ponsworthy to bellever. Vis=4/4/1977 (greeves) remains of substantial prehistoric enclosure with probable remains of hut circle in centre. Evidence of double wall. Many of the surviving stones are very large. Smaller ones probably removed for wall building. W side of enclosure is incorporated into possible medieval boundary wall. Stones from enclosure probably incorporated in latter. The enclosure has definitely been 'cut' by the more recent wall (sketch on worksheet). Vis=incorporated into field boundary and containing ridge and furrow. Visible on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288680.

Des=worksheet 4/4/1977.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288681.

Aph=3042.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288682.

French, h. + linehan, c. D. /tda/95(1963)173-4/abandoned medieval sites in widecombe in the moor.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288683.

Aph=raf f62 58 6399 024-25 2 july 1964.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288684.

Osa=sx67ne38.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288685.

Aph=nmr sx6777/2/422-424(18/5/1977).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288686.

Dcra widecombe survey/(1979)vol v 964.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288687.

Hemery, e. /high dartmoor/(1983)521-2.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288688.

Des=rchme/duchy farms, devon.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
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  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 17 2016 9:58AM