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HER Number:MDV13811
Name:Possible beacon, Hennock


Old documentary sources suggest this as a possible beacon site. Unconfirmed site.


Grid Reference:SX 826 805
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHennock
Ecclesiastical ParishHENNOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX88SW2
  • National Monuments Record: SX88SW20
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 447295
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 447371
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/44

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Polwhele, R., 1793-1806, The History of Devonshire, 143 fn:- (Monograph). SDV21030.

Polwhele states that a beacon stood at 'Halse-Wood-Hill' 'a short time since.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX88SW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV307062.

'Russell lists this as site of pre-Elizabethan beacon. The exact site of the beacon is not known.
(28/05/1953) No additional information was acquired locally by myself, or on Devon 101 NE, where Trusham is situated, by the Field Investigator. Mr. N.V. Quinnell.
(06/11/1953) Tithe maps for this parish are not available. The warden of the church (there is no resident incumbent) could offer no advice as to their whereabouts.
"Personal enquiries of farms in the neighbourhood of HENNOCK, as to the location of CASTLE FIELD, also gave negative results."

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 285 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

'Beacon Lane' shown on the 1963 Ordnance Survey 6 inch historic map.

Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.

Shown as 'Bot Tor' on location map of Devon's beacons.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 28/05/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

U Beacon.
"On the opposite hill to the East is the OLD BEACON, about half a mile distant from the CASTLE-FIELD." [SEE DEVON 101 NW 4.]. (Polwhele, 1879, 156)
No knowledge of such a place in Hennock. [As above].
There is a Castle Park Farm at TRUSHAM. [See Devon 101 NW 4]. Possibly associated with BEACON LANE [Name: SX 8270 8050]. (oral information; 25 year resident of Palk Arms Inn, Hennock and 75 year resident of Hennock village).
Field perambulation revealed that the most topographically suitable site for a beacon in the vicinity of HENNOCK is at SX 82458052 (approx. 840 feet), at this point on the ground there is no surface indication of any form of structure, however the whole area is deep under winter fern and heather, and a close investigation was not possible. The farmer at HIGHER BOWDEN stated that this field was "parish owned" and un-named.
No add. information was gained re. this beacon site, and it is felt that a siting symbol - even tentative - would not be in order. Note the proximity of BEACON LANE to this suggested site. (oral information; Mr. S. Maunder. 06.11.1953. Senior Churchwarden MORLEY HENNOCK).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV21030Monograph: Polwhele, R.. 1793-1806. The History of Devonshire. The History of Devonshire. Unknown. 143 fn:-. [Mapped feature: #5365 ]
SDV307062Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX88SW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index.
SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 285.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 28/05/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV3173Related to: Beacon at High Willhays (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)
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)
MDV13169Related to: Butterdon Hill Beacon (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:May 28 2021 2:57PM