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HER Number:MDV14231
Name:Manaton Rocks Medieval Settlement, Manaton


Deserted Medieval site consisting of a longhouse and associated buildings within a roughly circular enclosure approximately 200 meters north-east of Manaton Rocks. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 749 817
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric field system with hut circles and deserted medieval settlement at Manaton Rocks

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX88NW13
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445620
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/90

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F43 0108 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

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

Manaton Rocks. Longhouse, with cross-passage 40 feet by 14 feet and a barn, all in enclosure.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

A deserted Medieval site, at SX750817, consisting two buildings and enclosures. Other details: Plan, Table 2.

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

(Site visited 12/5/1967) A small cross passage type house on the lower northern slopes of Manaton Rocks. There is a possible lean-to at the northern end of the house, all within extensive enclosures. Very overgrown with trees, bracken and undergrowth. Other details: Number 78.

Greeves, T. A. P. + Griffith, F. M., 1980, Manaton Rocks medieval settlement (Site Visit). SDV280686.

(Site visited 25/02/1980) Circular enclosure with internal divisions containing one large longhouse and two associated structures. Fields immediately to the north-west and east of the enclosure were being cleared by the landowner using three bulldozers to move existing granite boulders to the hedge banks of the fields. Owner was aware of the enclosure and was planning to preserve it.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 445620 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV280682.

Other details: SX78SE21.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Manaton Rocks (Un-published). SDV352501.

Manaton Rocks Medieval settlement with a longhouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital.
SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 174.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F43 0108.
SDV280682National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445620. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV280686Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P. + Griffith, F. M.. 1980. Manaton Rocks medieval settlement. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Manaton Rocks.

Associated Monuments

MDV8858Parent of: Barn in settlement at Manaton Rocks (Building)
MDV8871Parent of: Longhouse in settlement site north of Manaton Rocks (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 11 2021 3:43PM