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HER Number:MDV11674
Name:Milton Damerel, Shrunken Settlement 'A'


One of two areas lying in pasture adjacent to the parish church. These eastern earthworks consist of a probable hollow way bordered by crofts and five possible building platforms.


Grid Reference:SS 386 106
Map Sheet:SS31SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Damerel
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON DAMEREL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS31SE/25

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 10/02/2015, Assessment Report: Medieval Shrunken Settlements, Milton Damerel (Report - Assessment). SDV357904.

The possible medieval settlement remains at Milton Damerel are not recommended for scheduling for the
following principal reasons:
* Survival: the settlement earthworks have been subject to alterations since they were recorded in the
1970s and where they do survive they appear to represent only a small proportion of the original extent of
the settlement;
* Potential: parts of the site have been cultivated, landscaped or built over, likely causing significant
disturbance to any buried remains; furthermore, recent excavations have not provided evidence of the
good survival of medieval or early post-medieval material associated with the settlement remains;
* Diversity: although there does appear to be a variety of settlement earthworks, including possible
holloways, platforms and fishponds, the nature and date of most of the earthworks is unclear.
The possible medieval settlement remains at Milton Damerel have local interest as evidence of the historic settlement pattern and evolution of the village. However, the earthworks appear to represent only a fragmentary part of the overall settlement and do not demonstrate sufficient survival or potential to be of national importance.
See report for full details.

English Heritage, 10/02/2015, Medieval Shrunken Settlement, Town Farm, Milton Damerel, Holsworthy (Correspondence). SDV357903.

English Heritage have carried out their initial assessment to consider whether the medieval shrunken settlement at Milton Damerel should be added to the Schedule of Monuments. The Secretary of State has decided not to add this site to the Schedule at this time, and the reasons for this decision are set out in the attached report.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SS31SE8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV5973.

Medieval desertion one of two areas. Lying in pasture adjacent to parish church (see :SS31SE/4). These east earthworks consist of a probable hollow way bordered by crofts and five possible building platforms. The hollow way runs downhill to the east, parallel to and north of the modern road, which evidently obscures part of the earlier development. Width of holloway 10m, depth 0.7m. Other details: Plan + Section.

Torridge District Council, 1991, Holsworthy Local Plan (Report - non-specific). SDV350921.

Plan of earthworks of deserted settlement.

Horner, B., 2005, Town Farm, Milton Damerel (Site Visit). SDV363837.

A site visit on 26th January 2005 noted the tipping of material at the western end of the settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350921Report - non-specific: Torridge District Council. 1991. Holsworthy Local Plan. Torridge District Council Planning Guidance. Digital.
SDV357903Correspondence: English Heritage. 10/02/2015. Medieval Shrunken Settlement, Town Farm, Milton Damerel, Holsworthy. Notification of Designation Decision. Digital.
SDV357904Report - Assessment: English Heritage. 10/02/2015. Assessment Report: Medieval Shrunken Settlements, Milton Damerel. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV363837Site Visit: Horner, B.. 2005. Town Farm, Milton Damerel. Digital.
SDV5973Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SS31SE8.

Associated Monuments

MDV11672Related to: Milton Damerel Fishpond 'A' (Monument)
MDV11673Related to: Milton Damerel Fishpond 'B' (Monument)
MDV1539Related to: Milton Damerel, Holy Trinity (Building)
MDV11675Related to: Shrunken Settlement 'B', Milton Damerel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1416 - SS31SE8

Date Last Edited:Sep 11 2020 4:13PM