HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV11675
Name:Shrunken Settlement 'B', Milton Damerel


One of two areas of medieval desertion in pasture adjacent to Parish Church. Ttraditionally the site of the manor house.


Grid Reference:SS 384 107
Map Sheet:SS31SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Damerel
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Medieval deserted settlement and fishponds north east of Milton Damerel

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS31SE/26

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). SDV5945.

Second of two areas of medieval desertion in pasture adjacent to parish church. Traditionally the site of manor house, these west earthworks consist of four rectangular platforms bounded on north by a low bank, and divided by a rectilinear series of hollows. The mound at SS38441074 is probably a later adjunct. The mound is 2m high, and the platforms average 0.7m high. Other details: Plan.

Unknown, 1980, Milton Damerel DMV Earthworks (Plan - sketch). SDV348551.

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

Site visit on 26th January 2005 noted groundworks including fencing, digging of soakaways and lowering of ground levels on the site of the shrunken medieval settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348551Plan - sketch: Unknown. 1980. Milton Damerel DMV Earthworks. Plan + 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.
SDV5945Ordnance 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)
MDV11674Related to: Milton Damerel, Shrunken Settlement 'A' (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV109 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Sep 11 2020 4:11PM