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HER Number:MDV112762
Name:Military mortar pit on Buckland Common

Summary

A military mortar emplacement probably used for training during World War Two. The sunken circular earthworks are approximately 2.5 - 3.0 metres in diameter and have a low earthen lip around the circumference. A small pit close to the exterior was a probable ammunition storage pit.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 739 747
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SPIGOT MORTAR EMPLACEMENT (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

Belsey records a circular bank on 10/3/1985, which might relate to this feature. Said to be located five paces south of the boundary stone, it is described as 'a saucer shaped depression eight paces in diameter with a low bank 1 metre wide'.
Grid reference is given as SX 7384 7485, but seeing as this does not place it close to any of the boundary stones on the Down, its possible it should be further to the south. Old record for this bank (MDV31011) now deleted.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 60, fig 18 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

A military mortar emplacement at SX 73903 74731 probably used for training during WW11. The sunken circular earthworks are approximately 2.5 - 3.0 metres in diameter and have a low earthen lip around the circumference. A small pit close to the exterior was a probable ammunition storage pit. Condition stable.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Survey - New HER Sites (Un-published). SDV358733.

Initial recording of the feature.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV358733Un-published: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Survey - New HER Sites. Digital.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 60, fig 18. [Mapped feature: #2937 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30598Related to: Boundary stone on Blackslade Down (Monument)
MDV103648Related to: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV31017Related to: Mortar emplacement on Blackslade Down (Monument)
MDV61838Related to: Streamwork on Blackslade Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2016 12:59PM