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HER Number:MDV14213
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 55), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Linehan's Sites 55 consisting of the earthwork remains of longhouses, field boundaries and trackways. One of nine medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park.


Grid Reference:SX 580 929
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE104
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1388151
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 990

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, 33 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Other details: F44.

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

Linehan Site 55: six buildings. One longhouse is 15.85 meters by 3.658 meters with a small room at the upper end. A small building lies south of the track, with three others above it. Scanty remains of another house lie near a 19th century field bank. There are a number of associated crofts and enclosures.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 130, Plate IV b, Figure 53 h (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Site 55: deserted Medieval settlement one of many in this area.
SX580930. One longhouse 52 feet by 12 feet, with a small room at the upper end. Four other buildings with crofts and enclosures are also visible as earthworks, although obscured by gorse in some places. Linehan mentions the scant remains of another house at Site 55, lying close to one of the 19th century field banks. Part of a larger area of scattered hamlets and homesteads, probably deserted in the late 13th century, when Okehampton Park was enlarged.

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

Two buildings 15.2 by 3.7 meters with upper room, 9.1 by 3.7 meters and 18.3 by 3.7 meters; two others 13.7 by 3.7 meters with crofts and enclosures (description identical to Linehan 1965). Other details: 103.

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

Site 55 (SX58109293). Six buildings, two probable houses, the others barns etc, with three 'garden' plots or yards.

Department of Environment, 1975, Deserted Medieval site 400m west of Okehampton Camp, 1002654 (Schedule Document). SDV346935.

One longhouse 15.5 by 3.5 meters with small room at upper end. Four other buildings with crofts and enclosures also visible as earthworks, though obscured in places by gorse. Part of a large area of scattered hamlets and homesteads probably deserted in the 13th century at the time of the enlargement of Okehampton Park.
Main feature of the site on a platform delineated by a bank and sunken trackway.

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. A11.

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

Morphologically similar to excavated example (see PRN 14217) and probably contemporary.

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

(Site visited 17/6/1983) South longhouse sites gorse-covered, though stone walls are discernible and are approximately 0.5 meters high.

Devon County Council, 1983, Untitled Source, 580/7 (Photograph). SDV215438.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EA, 6,9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215278.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EC, 10a (Aerial Photograph). SDV217997.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GK, 7A-11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV12893.

Unknown, 1992, Deserted Medieval Settlements (Report - Survey). SDV346934.

Six houses, five on the south side of a trackway and one on the north. The house north of the track measures 15.8 by 3.66 meters. A spring lies to the north-east. Probably two houses, the others barns etc, with three garden plots or yards.

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

Medieval settlement consisting of at least six structures with associated plots or yards. Two of the structures seem to be longhouses.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, 64-7 (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Site 55 comprises two longhouses and up to five sub-rectangular structures occupying an irregular area defined by a number of field banks and scarps. An embanked track runs south-wets to north-east through the site, isolating one of the longhouses. Detailed measurements and plan included in report.
Most of the site obscured by dense, mature gorse. Other details: Plan.

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

At least seven buildings shown on survey with several small enclosures and tracks to the north-west and east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12893Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7A-11.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital.
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). 6,9.
SDV215438Photograph: Devon County Council. 1983. DCC Conservation Section Photo Collection. Photograph (Paper). 580/7.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 174.
SDV217997Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EC. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10a.
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). 33.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 130, Plate IV b, Figure 53 h.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 64-7.
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.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81171 ]
SDV346934Report - Survey: Unknown. 1992. Deserted Medieval Settlements. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV346935Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1975. Deserted Medieval site 400m west of Okehampton Camp. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Unbound. 1002654.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV4806Part of: Deserted Medieval Settlements, Sites 52-59, at Okehampton (Monument)
MDV14212Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 53a & b), Okehampton Park (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)
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)
MDV4808Related to: Site of a Chapel in Okehampton Park, Okehampton Hamlets (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8007 - Okehampton Camp Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Earthwork Survey (Ref: 50171.01)
  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Dec 6 2021 10:56AM