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HER Number:MDV14329
Name:Okehampton Castle Moat


The moat was still visible on the north side in 2004.


Grid Reference:SX 582 942
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/7/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 21
  • Old SAM Ref: 21705

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MOAT (XI to Late Medieval - 1001 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SX5894 (Aerial Photograph). SDV232997.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX59SE5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232996.

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

Site of 'Moat Remains of)' shown on OS 25" (1880s) map along the north side of the castle.

Higham, R. A. + Allan, J. P., 1980, Excavations at Okehampton Castle: preliminary report on the bailey, 49-51 (Article in Serial). SDV233111.

Okehampton Castle moat. To the southwest of the motte is a shillet bank and rock cut ditch, defending the western approach to the site. The bank is of similar construction to the motte, and may be contemporary (i. e. mid 11C). Excavation revealed no trace of stone-structures within this, so it was probably abandoned before 13th century. Its identification is uncertain; a possible early bailey associated with a west oriented.

Gaimster, M. + Bradley, J. + Beaumonth James, T., 2000, Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1999, 259-60 (Article in Serial). SDV361738.

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

The English Heritage survey plan shows a steep oval motte with a moat on the north side & earthworks to the west, south & east. Other details: Plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV232996Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX59SE5. SX59SE.
SDV232997Aerial Photograph: NMR. SX5894. SX5894.
SDV233111Article in Serial: Higham, R. A. + Allan, J. P.. 1980. Excavations at Okehampton Castle: preliminary report on the bailey. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 38. 49-51.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV361738Article in Serial: Gaimster, M. + Bradley, J. + Beaumonth James, T.. 2000. Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1999. Medieval Archaeology. 44. Unknown. 259-60.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV14326Part of: Okehampton Castle (Building)
MDV14328Related to: Okehampton Castle Bailey (Building)
MDV14327Related to: Okehampton Castle Motte (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Sep 6 2018 10:05AM