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HER Number:MDV133787
Name:Former school building, Moretonhampstead


No longer extant, this building was constructed in 1963 as an annexe to the school. Demolished after 2016, this site was monitored in 2020 and 2022 during foundation works for three new dwellings, when sherds of psot-Medieval and modern pottery were recorded.


Grid Reference:SX 754 861
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLASSROOM (Constructed, Mid 20th Century to XXI - 1961 AD (Between) to 2019 AD (Between))

Full description

Best, J. + Manning, P., 2007, Archaeological Evaluation of the Annexe of Greenhill Primary School, Moretonhampstead, Devon (Report - Evaluation). SDV350009.

Thorp, J., 2015, The Greenhill School Annexe, Moretonhampstead, Devon, 1-15 (Report - Assessment). SDV365278.

Assessment of the building carried out prior to demolition.
The annexe was built opposite the Victorian school in 1963, set back a little from the street frontage. Narrow railed forecourt area to front. It was a quite smart institutional school building of its time built using a panel of local stone rubble at the west end of the front and facing up the front of the east end. Slate gable-ended roof.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

Aerial image (2018?) shows the building has been demolished by this time.

Thorp, J., 2019, Weavers Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, An Impact Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV365276.

Steinmetzer, M. + Wooten, H., 2023, Archaeological monitoring and recording at Weavers, Moretonhampstead, Devon (Report - Watching Brief). SDV365275.

Monitoring and recording of two test pits and foundation trenches of three new dwellings on this site revealed the southern half of the site, including the former street frontage, had been extensively truncated by activity associated with the construction of Greenhill Primary School and playing field in 1961. The northern edge of the site contained an increasingly deep deposit of original and redeposited topsoil. Excavation in this area revealed the remains of a former boundary ditch, possibly defining the northern limits of the medieval burgage plots, as well as a pit and a possible post trench. All the features were undated although seven sherds of 13th-early 15th century and 76 sherds of 16th-20th century pottery were retrieved from the topsoil.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

The modern mapping still shows the old school building, despite its demolition prior to 2019.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350009Report - Evaluation: Best, J. + Manning, P.. 2007. Archaeological Evaluation of the Annexe of Greenhill Primary School, Moretonhampstead, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.42. A4 stapled + Digital.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #139976 ]
SDV365275Report - Watching Brief: Steinmetzer, M. + Wooten, H.. 2023. Archaeological monitoring and recording at Weavers, Moretonhampstead, Devon. Oakford Archaeology. 23-03. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV80253Part of: Greenhill Primary School, Fore Street (Building)
MDV8297Related to: Cottages to north-west of Parish Church, Moretonhampstead (Building)
MDV102631Related to: Ditch to north of Greenhill School, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV40406Related to: Greenhill House, Moretonhampstead (Building)
MDV40405Related to: Outbuilding north of Greenhill House, Moretonhampstead (Building)
MDV8283Related to: St. Andrew's Parish Church, Moretonhampstead (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8873 - Archaeological monitoring and recording at Weavers, Moretonhampstead (Ref: 1630)
  • EDV6010 - Archaeological Evaluation of the Annexe of Greenhill Primary School, Moretonhampstead (Ref: 07.42)
  • EDV8902 - Assessment of Greenhill School annexe, Moretonhampstead
  • EDV8903 - Assessment of the former Greenhill School annexe site, Moretonhampstead (Ref: K/916)

Date Last Edited:Mar 20 2023 11:49AM