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HER Number:MDV127051
Name:Possible pillow mound north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House

Summary

A possible rabbit bury or pillow mound of probable medieval to post-medieval date is visible
as a curvilinear earthwork bank on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007 on the north-east facing slopes to the north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House. The mound might have been adapted from a field boundary.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 568 649
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument MDV22889

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A curvilinear bank is visible as an earthwork.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A curvilinear bank is visible as an earthwork.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A curvilinear bank is visible as an earthwork.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

An oblong mound approximately 45m long and 5.5m wide is visible as a curvilinear earthwork bank on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007, on the north-facing slopes overlooking the River Plym.
The mound is probably the remains of a rabbit bury or pillow mound of medieval to post-medieval date, part of Trowlesworthy Warren (MDV14148). It is on the line of a relict field boundary of probable medieval date and was probably enlarged into a pillow mound from the former boundary bank. The bank is surrounded by a shallow ditch up to circa 3, wide in places.
The earthwork is significantly narrower than many of the pillow mounds visible to the north and south but is comparable in width if not length to a possible pillow mound circa 65m to the north-east (MDV56833). This might support the interpretation that the smaller mounds belong to a separate, possibly late phase of rabbit farming.
The mound remains clearly identifiable on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007. [Mapped feature: #123217 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56833Related to: Pillow mound north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2019 6:42PM