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HER Number:MDV15010
Name:Wigford Down deserted medieval farm, Meavy


Longhouse aligned east-west with remains of an oval shaped enclosure attached to the western end.


Grid Reference:SX 542 651
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEAVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/65
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 154, Plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 8th February 1966. Simple longhouse with one doorway and a small room at the east end. Two small corrals attached to the house and other remains of a larger field system.

Price, D. G., 1978, Settlement and ancient fields on Wigford Down, 72 (Article in Serial). SDV220620.

Longhouse with croft, Wigford Down. An abandoned Medieval croft, perhaps linked with nearby fields.

Price, D. G., 1980, The Moorland Plym, 90, Figure 2c (Article in Serial). SDV254604.

Price, d. G. /tda/112(1980)90 fig.2c/the moorland plym.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 78-80, Map 48.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

'Longhouse 1' with associated enclosure shown on map. The ancient field pattern is confused here by medieval banks and ditches probably associated with the two longhouses (see also MDV15009).

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

Visible on the aerial photography. Longhouse is aligned east-west and there is an oval shaped enclosure attached to the western end. Sited close to Bronze Age hut settlement (MDV2307).

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Wigford Down 1 (Un-published). SDV352501.

Wigford Down 1 a deserted Medieval settlement longhouse.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

The monument includes a stone hut circle settlement with associated enclosures and a medieval long house which fall within a coaxial field system in the centre of Wigford Down.
To the south west of the hut circle settlement is a Medieval longhouse which falls within a later field system. The longhouse survives as a rectangular building defined by low walls measuring up to 1.5 metres wide and 0.6 metres high. The interior of the building is 12.5 metres long by 3.8 metre wide. There is an entrance on the south side and an interior cross wall. A 3 metres long flanking wall outside the entrance represents the upstanding remains of a porch with a further yard and garden plots beyond.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 78-80, Map 48.1.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 154, Plan.
SDV220620Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1978. Settlement and ancient fields on Wigford Down. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 110. Unknown. 72.
SDV254604Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1980. The Moorland Plym. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 112. 90, Figure 2c.
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #81404 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Wigford Down 1.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV40211Related to: Medieval field system on Wigford Down, Meavy (Monument)
MDV2219Related to: Parallel reave system on Wigford Down (Monument)
MDV2307Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement on Wigford Down (Monument)
MDV15009Related to: Wigford Down medieval site, Meavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 11 2017 9:58AM