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HER Number:MDV128729
Name:Military earthworks 1 kilometre north of Black Tor, Okehampton Hamlets


Three lengths of military earthworks visible on aerial photographs 1 kilometre north of Black Tor


Grid Reference:SX 569 903
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE137
  • Pastscape: 1396638

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EARTHWORK (Constructed, Modern - 1751 AD to 2013 AD)

Full description

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

Features shown on survey.

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

Features visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2020, Okehampton Training Area - Updates (Correspondence). SDV363729.

Inspected on 16th December 2019. A series of military earthworks 1 kilometre north of Black Tor.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 1396638, (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 17th March 2004 by English Heritage Investigator. Three distinct and very individual earthworks located on an extensive level plateau in open moorland are most probably practice military emplacements, either firing positions or target butts. They could date from at least the early 20th century and all three forms are similar features described and illustrated in the Manuals of Field Engineering Vol dated 1908 and 1933 - the British Army standard instructions for defensive earthwork construction.
From SX56959030 to SX 56889035. A curvilenar bank and ditch 89.0 metres long extends across open ground. The predominently earthern bank (but with some slabs and stones visible) is on average 5.3 metres wide and 1.2 metres high at best with an 0.5 metre deep ditch at the rear. At either end there is an out-turn to the bank with what appears to be the remains of scalloping which could be interpreted as firing positions to cover the central part of the emplacement.
From SX56879037 to SX56869038. A low linear bank with at either end a distinct curve which appears to facilitate a gun position. the 16.0 metre long very spread eathern bank is up to 3.1 metres wide and 0.9 metres high with some stone slabs forming faces to the inside of the curves and some boulders and stones elsewhere. There is no clear evidence of a ditch.
From SX 56879037 to SX 56969038. A very sinuous low bank, 82.0 metres long with some boulder and stone content with on one side a wide shallow ditch some 2 metres wide. The bank averages 0.5 metres high and is now 1.0 metre wide. This feature is almost certainly a shallow trench used for cover for men lying down to fire weapons.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV347107Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Military survey information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126485 ]
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 1396638,.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2020 2:15PM