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HER Number:MDV118700
Name:Field system surrounding Hilltown, Peter Tavy


Lidar images of this area indicate that a number of the fields around this farm show signs of possible medieval cultivation, potentially in the form of ploughed out ridge and furrow. This is not clearly discernible on the modern aerial photography of the farm.


Grid Reference:SX 533 809
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Some possible evidence of the cultivation ridges to the south-west of Hilltown visible on this aerial photograph, in one of the fields and ridges or lynchets to the east of the farm can be seen.

Environment Agency, 1998-2014, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV359177.

The Lidar images of the farm and the surrounding area reveal a number of areas of strip cultivation or ridge and furrow within the fields. To the south-west of Hilltown, all the fields stretching as far south as Lower Town and Hill Bridge have a faint fairly widely spaced ridged pattern, aligned north-north-east by south-south-west. The fields directly east of Hilltown have at least four clear ridges, running along the contours of the field. To the west of Hilltown, the curved field stretching north-west also has a clear partial sub-division, which is not noticeable on the aerial photographs.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Three of the ridges in the field to the east of Hilltown are visible on the aerial photograph, but the other cultivation evidence shown on the Lidar images cannot be seen on these aerial images.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Outline of the fields depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359177Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2014. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #77969 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV77933Related to: Hilltown farmstead, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV108110Related to: Lower Hill Town farm (now Hillbridge), Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV107338Related to: Lower Town farm, Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2017 11:49AM