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HER Number:MDV14216
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 58), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Linehan's Sites 58 consisting of the earthwork remains of longhouses, field boundaries and trackways. One of nine medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park.


Grid Reference:SX 575 922
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE110
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1388169
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 989B

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (XI to XIII - 1066 AD (Between) to 1300 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 58. Three buildings lying south of a hedge-bank with crofts on its lower side. Walls of a fourth and larger building exist to the east. This has a room at the upper end, and cross passage.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 125-131, Other details: Table 2, plan. (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

SX575922. At least 4 longhouses lie N-S by a trackway (1). Three buildings lie close to, and south of, a hedge bank. with crofts on its lower side. Patrrts of the walls of a fourth and larger building exist to the east. This has a room at the upper end, and a cross-passage, but the lowere half of the house has been almost completely destroyed. Part of a large area of scattered hamlets and homesteads in all probability abandoned in the late 13th century with the enlargement of Okehampton Park.

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

Three buildings from 18.3 meters by 3.7 meters to 10.9 meters 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 58 (SX57479222). Three parallel buildings the centre one probably a longhouse and another at SX57539225.

Department of Environment, 1975, Medieval homesteads south of Meldon Quarry (Schedule Document). SDV346927.

At least four longhouses lie north-south by a 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. A10.

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) A trackway (not scheduled) runs south from the deerpark wall (but not beyond); there is a pair of longhouses either side of this, the east ones and some of the associated enclosures seem to have been destroyed in the construction of the field bank to the north. The site is gorse and grass-covered, with stone walls showing c 0.5 meters high.

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

Devon County Council, 1983, Untitled Source, 580/10 (Photograph). SDV215438.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EE, 7,9,10,11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217999.

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

Three buildings lie close together and parts of a fourth and larger building lie to the east. There are traces of crofts but the ground has been disturbed possibly by mining. Three parallel buildings, the centre one probably a longhouse, and another at SX57539225. (Surveyed at 1:1000).

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, 41 (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

A large amount of pottery was excavated from Site 59 (PRN 14217) but was hard to date and at the time it was assumed that the site was abandoned when the deer park was established in the period 1292-1306. More recent research however, contradicts this and occupation is believed to have continued into the 15th century, ceasing before 1450.
Site 59 is typical of the other sites within Okehampton Park so it may also be possible that these were occupied during a similar period and that the inhabitants were not evicted when the park was established.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, 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.
SDV215438Photograph: Devon County Council. 1983. DCC Conservation Section Photo Collection. Photograph (Paper). 580/10.
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). 7,9,10,11.
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. 125-131, Other details: Table 2, plan..
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 41.
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: #81174 ]
SDV346927Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1975. Medieval homesteads south of Meldon Quarry. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Unbound.
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)
MDV14214Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 56), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14215Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 57), 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:Dec 6 2021 11:04AM