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HER Number:MDV14316
Name:Saxon features at Lydford Castle


Saxon features discovered during excavation at Lydford Castle, pre-dating the north-east bailey rampart. Thought to be Saxon drains or trenches near crofts that occupied the area.


Grid Reference:SX 509 848
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/8/5
  • Old SAM County Ref: 392

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DRAIN (VIII to Late Medieval - 701 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Lydford castle. Saxon features. Excavation across the north-east bailey rampart located some pre-rampart features. Mainly gullies. These are interpreted as Saxon drains/demarcation trenches in or near the crofts of the Saxon houses which occupied the burh.

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

Rectangular bailey at Lydford Castle part bounded by Saxon earthwork.

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

During excavation across the north-east bailey rampart a number of features predating the rampart were exposed. These consisted mainly of gullies and were interpreted as Saxon drains or demarcation trenches within or near the Saxon houses that occupied the town.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV253674Article in Serial: Saunders, A. D.. 1980. Lydford Castle. Medieval Archaeology. 24. Unknown. 123-186. [Mapped feature: #5725 ]
SDV351460Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 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.

Associated Monuments

MDV14314Related to: Bailey, Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14312Related to: Lydford Castle (Monument)
MDV14321Related to: Saxon Burh at Lydford (Monument)
MDV14318Related to: Saxon Defences west of Lydford (Monument)
MDV14315Related to: Saxon earthworks, Lydford (Monument)
MDV14323Related to: Saxon Settlement at Lydford (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 - The Town and Castle Earthworks at Lydford

Date Last Edited:Jul 19 2013 3:10PM