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HER Number:MDV127415
Name:Earthwork at Drizzlecombe

Summary

A small horseshoe-shaped earthwork measuring 2.8m in internal diameter lies above the streamworking remains flanking the right bank of the River Plym some 200m south of the Drizzlecombe stone rows. The sloping interior is enclosed on three sides by a turf and stone bank 1.1m wide and 0.4m high and is open to the north. It seems likely that this feature is related to military activity in this area and may utilise a former tin pit. Another possible feature to the south-west may represent modern disturbance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 592 667
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 243
  • Pastscape: 1260529

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PIT (Constructed, Early 20th Century to Mid 20th Century - 1901 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(03/08/1999) SX 59236685. A small horseshoe-shaped earthwork measuring 2.8m in internal diameter lies above the streamworking remains flanking the right bank of the River Plym some 200m south of the Drizzlecombe stone rows.
The sloping interior is enclosed on three sides by a turf and stone bank 1.1m wide and 0.4m high and is open to the north. It seems likely that this feature is related to military activity in this area and may utilise a former tin pit.
A similar feature is depicted by Robertson (1990) at SX 59176674 some 125m to the south-west but this appears to be a small area of recent disturbance.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

English Heritage, 2005, Military survey information (Report - Survey). SDV347107.

Depicted on GIS survey layers.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV347107Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Military survey information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123997 ]
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV3361Related to: Enclosure with huts metres south of 'Giants' Basin', Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV24931Related to: Linear feature east of Drizzlecombe complex, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV56213Related to: PILLOW MOUND in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 3 2020 12:02PM