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HER Number:MDV119196
Name:Gun pit 40 metres north-east of seasonal pond on Mardon Down


World War II gun pit consisting of a circular, flat bottomed pit with an embanked circumference.


Grid Reference:SX 768 873
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (Constructed, World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Circular feature visible on the aerial photograph.

Newman , P., 2017, A Stone Circle and Cairn Group on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead, Devon, 5, figure 1 (Report - Survey). SDV360188.

During World War II, training activity on Mardon Down included the installation of a number of sunken, circular earthworks, which may have housed heavy machine guns or other anti-aircraft weaponry.
One of these lies approximately 40 metres north-east of the pond on Mardon Down. The earthwork comprises a circular, flat bottomed pit with an embanked circumference.
Included on the 1:2500 scale version of the survey. No further details supplied at this time.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #78485 ]
SDV360188Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2017. A Stone Circle and Cairn Group on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 5, figure 1.

Associated Monuments

MDV19004Related to: 'Black Pool' on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV8310Related to: Cairn 15 metre south of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV119195Related to: Gun pit 60 metres north-east of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV119183Related to: Gun pit on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV8332Related to: Parallel Reave System on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7270 - Survey of cairn cemetery, stone circle and other earthworks on Mardon Down

Date Last Edited:May 23 2017 9:55AM