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HER Number:MDV14214
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 56), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Linehan's Sites 56 consisting of the earthwork remains of longhouses, field boundaries and trackways. One of nine medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park.


Grid Reference:SX 576 927
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440846
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/5
  • Old SAM Ref: 991

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV215286.

Vis=-/10/1975 (ancient monuments) as linehan. Morphologically similar to excavated example (sx59se/5/8) and probably contemporary (austin et al). Building 18.3m x 3.6m; remains of another; crofts (haynes) (haynes description identical to linehan,1965).

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 56. North of modern barn are two long houses parallel to each other with a small circular pound at the north end of the east house.

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

Other details: Table 2, plan.

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

Building 18.3 meters by 3.6 meters; remains of another; crofts (description identical to Linehan, 1965). Other details: 103.

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

Site 56 (SX57689274). One house and pound, one ?barn with its north end having an entrance to a pound or yard and one small building.

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 (Monograph). SDV233126.

Other details: No. A12.

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) Site as described; walls of longhouses clearly visible and approximately 0.5 meters high. Pasture.

Devon County Council, 1983, Untitled Source, 580/6 (Photograph). SDV215438.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EB, 1,2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346229.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EE, 5,7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217999.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EK, 7,9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215280.

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

Two longhouses parallel to each other with a circular pound at the northern end of one. A stream runs west of the site and sunken tracks lead south to the moor. One house and pound, one ?barn with its north end having an entrance to a pound or yard, and one small building.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, 68-9 (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Two adjacent longhouses with attached pounds or gardens. The southern boundary of this site is formed by an east-west track way and the site lies under close-cropped pasture. Detailed measurements and plan in report.
This site represents two phases of activity; the track ways appear to have developed before the construction of the buildings and enclosures. Other details: Plan.

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

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV215280Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7,9.
SDV215286Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV215438Photograph: Devon County Council. 1983. DCC Conservation Section Photo Collection. Photograph (Paper). 580/6.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 174.
SDV217999Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EE. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5,7.
SDV233126Monograph: 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. 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. 68-9.
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. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81172 ]
SDV346229Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EB. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1,2.
SDV346934Report - Survey: Unknown. 1992. Deserted Medieval Settlements. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

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)
MDV14213Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 55), 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

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Mar 25 2011 3:29PM