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HER Number:MDV128350
Name:Mill site, north-west of Sheepham Parks, Modbury

Summary

A banked rectangular enclosure is identifiable on visualisations derived from lidar data captured in 2019, as an earthwork terraced into the north-west facing slopes overlooking the Sheepham Brook. The south-east edge of the enclosure abuts the line of a former mill leat which might support the interpretation that the terraced enclosure is the site of a former mill.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 651 524
Map Sheet:SX65SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishModbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMODBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL? (Undated)

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

The visible earthworks do not correspond with any depicted enclosure or structure.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The visible earthworks do not correspond with any depicted enclosure or structure.

Google, 2019, Google Earth Pro, EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 24-MAR-2020 ACCESSED 02-JUN-2020 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363088.

A bank defined enclosure is identfiable, crossed by a modern farm track.

Environment Agency, 2019, National Lidar Programme, LIDAR Environment Agency DTM 25-FEB-2019 (Cartographic). SDV363691.

A bank defined enclosure is identfiable.

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.

A bank up to circa 4m wide is identifiable as an earthwork on visualisations derived from lidar data captured in 2019 defining a rectangular enclosure up to nearly 50m long and 20m wide terraced into the north-west facing slopes overlooking the Sheepham Brook.
A platform roughly 12m square is identifiable approximately halfway along the south-east long edge of the enclosure.
This side of the enclosure abuts the line of a former mill leat, as depicted on the Tithe Map for Modbury and the Ordnance Survey First Edition 25inch map, but the enclosure is not depicted on either historic map. The Tithe Apportionments name this plot as Middle Meadow, giving no indication of function for the enclosure.
The alignment on a leat might support the interpretation that the terraced area enclosed the site of a former mill, perhaps situated on the central platform, possibly of medieval to 19th century date.
A farm track currently crosses the enclosure and possibly the central platform.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
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.
SDV363088Aerial Photograph: Google. 2019. Google Earth Pro. Various. Digital. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 24-MAR-2020 ACCESSED 02-JUN-2020.
SDV363691Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2019. National Lidar Programme. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR Environment Agency DTM 25-FEB-2019. [Mapped feature: #125760 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

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:Jun 2 2020 1:04PM