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HER Number:MDV15042
Name:Medieval Field System at Babeny


Medieval field pattern at Babeny Farm, may have been imposed on enclosed prehistoric landscape.


Grid Reference:SX 671 750
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and walling remains of a Medieval Field System and enclosures at Babeny, the field boundaries preserved in the modern field system

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/104
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SX67NE60 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV321460.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2459-60 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Brown, T., 1961, Tales of a Dartmoor Village, 196 (Article in Serial). SDV238060.

Gawne, E., 1970, Field Patterns in Widecombe Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor, 51 (Article in Serial). SDV238056.

The medieval field systems in this area are examined by Gawne.

Devon County Council, 1981, Babeny Farm, 12 (Article in Monograph). SDV238058.

Babeny Farm, one of the "ancient tenements" on central Dartmoor, first recorded in 1260. Extensive project carried out to renovate certain hedgebanks of earth and stone believed to preserve original medieval field pattern, which may have been imposed on enclosed prehistoric landscape. The National Park Authority will, in future, renovate and maintain hedges the farmer wished to remove, in order to preserve the visible evidence of an essentially medieval landscape.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 17, 524-8 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

These are visible on the RAF 1946 AP. They appear to be medieval as they do not appear to be aligned with the prehistoric reaves of the Dartmeet Parallel Reave System.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Field system shown on modern mapping to the north, west and south of Babany farmstead.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2459-60.
SDV238056Article in Serial: Gawne, E.. 1970. Field Patterns in Widecombe Parish and the Forest of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 102. A5 Hardback. 51.
SDV238058Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1981. Babeny Farm. Archaeology in Devon. 12.
SDV238060Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1961. Tales of a Dartmoor Village. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. Unknown. 196.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 17, 524-8.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV321460National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX67NE60.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81423 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 9 2016 4:37PM