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HER Number:MDV13169
Name:Butterdon Hill Beacon

Summary

1804 -c.1811. Two records have been found of a fire beacon on Butterdon Hill during the period of the Napoleonic wars. The presence of the fire beacon may account for the "foundations of three small, comparatively modern enclosures close to the centre cairn" on Butterdon Hill.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 655 586
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/250

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XIX - 1804 AD to 1811 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Butterdon hill. Alt 1200ft (365m). Vis=-/-/1976? (hankin).1804 - c.1811. Two records have been found of a fire beacon on butterdon hill during the period of the napoleonic wars. The presence of the fire beacon may account for the "foundations of three small, comparatively modern enclosures close to the centre cairn" on butterdon hill, mentioned by crossing on p.394 of the "guide". These "foundations" show as the perimeters of small rectangular areas, each not more than a few square metres, marked by small granite boulders; all sited close to the south side of the centre cairn, on the harford- ugborough boundary.(worksheet).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV145242.

Walrond, col. "historical records of the 1st devon militia",1897,p.226.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV145243.

Harford parish records, register of burials, dro exeter.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV145244.

Crossing, w. "guide to dartmoor", p.394.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV145245.

Des=worksheet.

Bray, L., 2017, Foundations on the summit of Butterdon Hill, Visited 21/08/2017 (Worksheet). SDV363034.

SX 65541 58648. The most prominent part of this feature consists of tumbled walling up to 2.0 metres wide and 0.5 metres high defining the remains of a rectilinear building measuring c. 12 metres long by 7.0 metres wide with its long axis orientated north-north-west to south-south-east. Remains of facing are visible on the northern wall. Less clear is the walling surrounding a roughly rectangular area to the west of the building, possibly defining a yard measuring c. 9.0 metres by 17 metres.

Bray, L. + Crabb, A., 2017, HER Field Updates (Cartographic). SDV361914.

Location plotted and feature photographed on 21/08/2017 (L. Bray).

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG24 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(05/09/2019) Condition assessed as very good; currently no damage agents affecting feature.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Images taken during September 2019 visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV145242Migrated Record:
SDV145243Migrated Record:
SDV145244Migrated Record:
SDV145245Migrated Record:
SDV361914Cartographic: Bray, L. + Crabb, A.. 2017. HER Field Updates. GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117962 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG24.
SDV363034Worksheet: Bray, L.. 2017. Foundations on the summit of Butterdon Hill. Worksheet. Digital. Visited 21/08/2017.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3173Related to: Beacon at High Willhays (Monument)
MDV4816Related to: Beacon east of West Mill Tor (Monument)
MDV9508Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV64246Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV8474Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Cheriton Bishop (Monument)
MDV13811Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Hennock (Monument)
MDV6883Related to: BEACON in the Parish of South Tawton (Monument)
MDV6152Related to: Beacon on Meldon Hill (Monument)
MDV8442Related to: Bowden Beacon; possible site (Monument)
MDV7977Related to: Buckland Beacon (Monument)
MDV2915Related to: Large Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV7823Related to: Medieval fire beacon, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV2387Related to: Rowber Beacon, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV2388Related to: Shaugh Beacon (Monument)
MDV7956Related to: Site of a Beacon on Brent Hill, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2021 1:07PM