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HER Number:MDV14315
Name:Saxon earthworks, Lydford

Summary

10th century Saxon burh defences beneath castle bailey. Excavation of bailey rampart on north-west side revealed that it incorporated part of the Saxon town defences.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 508 848
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/8/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 392

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (X - 901 AD to 1000 AD (Between))

Full description

Addyman, P. V., 1963-1964, Excavations at Lydford, Devon, 1963-64. An Interim Report on excavation work in the Saxon town, Norman fort and late Norman Castle (Un-published). SDV230800.

Wilson, D. M. + Hurst, D. G., 1965, Medieval Britain in 1964, 170-171 (Article in Serial). SDV6878.

10th century Saxon burh defences beneath castle bailey. Excavation of bailey rampart on north-west side revealed that it incorporated part of the Saxon town defences.

Saunders, A. D., 1980, Lydford Castle, Devon, 123-186, plan (Article in Serial). SDV253674.

Excavated by Saunders. Rampart of Lydford castle bailey constructed on top of the bank of the Saxon defences.

Ancient Monuments, 1989, Lydford; Ringwork, Castle, Town Banks, Site of Saxon Town and Defences (Schedule Document). SDV351489.

Originally a two storey 12th century tower 15.8 metres square with walls 3 metres thick. Rebuilt in the 13th century with 2 metre thick walls and a mound built up round the ground floor of the original tower. Ground floor infilled; rectangular bailey part bounded by Saxon earthwork.

Manning, P., 2008, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV351460.

Manning, P., 2008, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV351460.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230800Un-published: Addyman, P. V.. 1963-1964. Excavations at Lydford, Devon, 1963-64. An Interim Report on excavation work in the Saxon town, Norman fort and late Norman Castle. Digital.
SDV253674Article in Serial: Saunders, A. D.. 1980. Lydford Castle, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 24. Digital. 123-186, plan.
SDV351460Report - Assessment: Manning, P.. 2008. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford. Exeter Archaeology. 08.31 (6475). A4 Grip Bound. 7.
SDV351489Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1989. Lydford; Ringwork, Castle, Town Banks, Site of Saxon Town and Defences. The Schedule of Monuments.
SDV6878Article in Serial: Wilson, D. M. + Hurst, D. G.. 1965. Medieval Britain in 1964. Medieval Archaeology. 9. Digital. 170-171.

Associated Monuments

MDV14314Related to: Bailey, Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14312Related to: Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14316Related to: Saxon features at Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV3190Related to: Seal found at Lydford Castle (Find Spot)
MDV14313Related to: Stone keep, Lydford Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6171 - Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford (Ref: 08.31)
  • EDV6180 - Survey of the Town and Castle Earthworks at Lydford

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2021 8:58AM