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HER Number:MDV14212
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 53a & b), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Linehan's Sites 53 A & B consisting of the earthwork remains of longhouses, field boundaries and trackways. One of nine Medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park.


Grid Reference:SX 585 933
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE102
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1388147
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 904

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (XIII - 1201 AD (Between) to 1300 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 174 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 125-131 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Linehan Site 53. A+B. Site A: two houses, one much ruined, close to circular enclosures, pounds. Site B: four longhouses, and associated rounded enclosures. Two more houses occur on the north side of the trackway from Fatherford to Meldon. Linehan's Site 53 C appears on sub-sheet 12 (see PRN 21000). Other details: Table 2, Plan.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 103 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Considerable remains of 3 groups. 9 buildings from 23.7m x 3.65m to 8.23m x 2.74m with crofts and enclosures (identical to Linehan 1965).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX59SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV215263.

Site 53: 11 scattered buildings, centred SX58559335, 4 or 5 probable longhouses. Other details: Plan.

Balkwill, C. J., 1976, Quarries (Report - Survey). SDV325006.

Other details: No 6.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity (Un-published). SDV233126.

Other details: No A6.

Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C., 1980, Farms and fields in Okehampton Park, 44 (Article in Serial). SDV324998.

Site consists of 8 longhouses all have opposed entrances and at least 3 have internal partition walls, five are on the southern edge of a hollow way. One is within a small enclosure with a second enclosure on the south side. Morphologically similar to excavated example (see PRN 14217) and probably contemporary.

Griffiths, D. M., 1983, Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site Visit). SDV215265.

Complex of hollow ways and associated buildings (including longhouses) and pounds. Generally in good condition with walls and banks clearly visible, c0.5m high. Some damage has been caused to the banks of the hollow way at SX58569331, by a large tractor or similar. There is a tree growing in the most southerly longhouse.

Weston, S., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV343247.

Field Monument Warden visit.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EA, 2a,3 & 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215278.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/ED, 1,2 & 2a (Aerial Photograph). SDV215279.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EK, 10,10a,11 & 12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215280.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EL (Aerial Photograph). SDV215281.

Allan, J. P., 1986, Copy of R Dagget's survey drawing on sites in Okehampton Deer Park: Site 53B (Plan - measured). SDV215283.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GK, 7a-11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215282.

Fletcher, M. + Probert, S., 2001, English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report (Report - non-specific). SDV324995.

Wessex Archaeology, 2001, Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey, 10, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV360511.

The largest concentration of Medieval building reamains can be found just north of Okehampton Camp. It forms three distinct clusters joined by short lengths of well established tracks. The most northerly group consists of three parellel longhouses oriented north-west to south-east. The central group is the largest with four longhouses and associated enclosures and small plots close together with a further two lying a short distance to the east. The final group lies just on the other side of the Okehampton Camp boundary and consists of two further longhouses.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

The English Heritage survey plan shows the earthwork remains of the settlement (Site 53) to the north of Okehampton Camp with dwelling sites, field system & trackways. Other details: Plan.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1002630 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

This monument includes a deserted Medieval settlement situated on the upper north-western slopes of East Hill overlooking the valley of the West Okement River. The settlement survives as a grouping of at least eight long houses with their associated hollow ways, gardens, pounds and boundary banks. All of the surviving long houses have the characteristic opposed entrances in their long walls and at least three have cross walls. Five are grouped to the south of a hollow way and a further single long house is situated within a small enclosure with a second enclosure attached. Surviving walls and banks survive to a height of at least 0.5 metres. Several of the pounds are rounded in shape. Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity of this monument.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 06/12/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

NRHE record description: Okehampton Park Site 53. No further description/source(s) recorded.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 103.
SDV215263Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX59SE2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV215265Site Visit: Griffiths, D. M.. 1983. Deserted Medieval Settlement.
SDV215278Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EA. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2a,3 & 4.
SDV215279Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/ED. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1,2 & 2a.
SDV215280Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10,10a,11 & 12.
SDV215281Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EL. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV215282Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GK. Devon Aerial Photograph. 7a-11.
SDV215283Plan - measured: Allan, J. P.. 1986. Copy of R Dagget's survey drawing on sites in Okehampton Deer Park: Site 53B.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 174.
SDV233126Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 125-131.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV324995Report - non-specific: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 2001. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. A1/32/2001.
SDV324998Article in Serial: Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C.. 1980. Farms and fields in Okehampton Park. Landscape History. 2. Unknown. 44.
SDV325006Report - Survey: Balkwill, C. J.. 1976. Quarries. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Rural Survey.
SDV343247Un-published: Weston, S.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81170 ]
SDV360511Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2001. Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. 50171. A4 Comb Bound. 10, Appendix 1.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1002630.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 06/12/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV4806Part of: Deserted Medieval Settlements, Sites 52-59, at Okehampton (Monument)
MDV14218Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 54), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV30507Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 112), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14211Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 52), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV21000Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 53c), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14213Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 55), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14214Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 56), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14215Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 57), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14216Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 58), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14217Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 59), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV21001Related to: Hollow way, Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV64026Related to: Okehampton Royal Artillery Training Camp (Monument)
MDV108833Related to: Remains of medieval building in Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV4808Related to: Site of a Chapel in Okehampton Park, Okehampton Hamlets (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park
  • EDV8007 - Okehampton Camp Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Earthwork Survey (Ref: 50171.01)
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range
  • EDV3487 - 1992 Survey of Okehampton Deserted Medieval Settlements

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2023 12:52PM