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HER Number:MDV126725
Name:Phillpott's Cave


A cavern described by Hemery that has been used as a store at times. May have been named after Eden Phillpotts, who used it before the First World War, or possibly Tony Phillpotts to store hunt provisions.


Grid Reference:SX 630 672
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAVE (Constructed, Unknown date)

Full description

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 275 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Hemery describes Wollake Lower Reach with marshy banks and the cave itself 'a cavern capacious enough to shelter three people'. The roof slab measures thirty-five feet by thirteen feet and gaps between the slab and supporting boulders have been plugged with stones. Known as 'Phillpott’s Cave', Hemery states a John Spencer used to shelter here and Eden Phillpotts used it before World War I to stored provisions for moormen.

Earle, J., 2002, Walking on Dartmoor, 130 (Monograph). SDV352712.

According to Earle, Tony Phillpotts, a hunt servant stored food and drink in this cave as refreshments for the hunt.

Buck, P., 2019, Moorland Walker (Website). SDV363292.

Phillpott's Cave SX 6304 6729 visited in 2018.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 275.
SDV352712Monograph: Earle, J.. 2002. Walking on Dartmoor. Walking on Dartmoor. Paperback Volume. 130.

Associated Monuments

MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2020 9:41AM