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HER Number:MDV107572
Name:Longhouse at Ford Waste


Longhouse at Ford Waste with upper room separated by cross wall. The interior floor lies below ground level. Building orientated north-west by south-east, overall internal dimensions 17 by 3.5 metres. Entrance halfway along the south-west side of lower room.


Grid Reference:SX 607 615
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Building visible on the aerial photograph.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV150434.

Longhouse depicted on plan.

English Heritage, 1969-1989, English Heritage Records Office SAM Record (Un-published). SDV349864.

Building B) - Interior below the ground level. Orientated north-west by south-east, overall internal dimensions 17 by 3.5 metres. The upper or north-west room, separated by a cross wall, is 3 metres long and at a slightly higher level. All walls of rubble stone, largely turf-covered, about 1.5 metres wide and 1.0 metre high. Entrance halfway along the south-west side of lower room. Two young oaks are growing within walls and there is some gorse on the banks. (1971)

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX6SW63 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV155407.

The settlement is under dense bracken. Longhouse 'A' is the best preserved with turf-covered rubble walling 0.6 metres wide and up to 0.6 metres high.

Griffiths, D. M., 1986, Ford Waste Deserted Medieval Settlement (Worksheet). SDV155412.

Building A) - Remains of one longhouse with opposing entrances and room at upper end. The floor of the longhouse is sunken beneath the level of the ground. Behind (north-west) of the longhouse is an earthen bank, approximately 0.5 metres high, whose presence is curious and purpose unknown. Walls of stone, approximately 0.5 metres high.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital.
SDV155407Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX6SW63. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV155412Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 1986. Ford Waste Deserted Medieval Settlement. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #66996 ]
SDV349864Un-published: English Heritage. 1969-1989. English Heritage Records Office SAM Record. English Heritage. A4 Spiral Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV4338Part of: Ford Waste settlement, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV107574Related to: Building at Ford Waste (Monument)
MDV107575Related to: Enclosure at Ford Waste (Monument)
MDV107573Related to: Longhouse at Ford Waste (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 18 2014 1:17PM