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HER Number:MDV15120
Name:Possible Military Earthworks on Woodbury Common

Summary

A number of oval, square, and circular pits and platforms, were observed in this area in 1872, and were believed to date to the early 19th century. Recent investigation has not been possible due to vegetation cover.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 028 848
Map Sheet:SY08SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExmouth
Civil ParishLympstone
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMOUTH
Ecclesiastical ParishLYMPSTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SY08SW 31
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY08SW/71

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILITARY EARTHWORKS (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SY08SW31 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV341833.

Visited on 01/09/1989, when chest-high bracken prevented investigation.

Hutchinson, P. O., 1848-1894, Diaries (Un-published). SDV339321.

Hutchinson, P. O., 1872, Copy of Diary Entry, Sidmouth , May 1872 (Un-published). SDV341762.

A number of oval, square, and circular pits and platforms, believed to be "soldiers pits", similar to those on Aylesbeare Hill, (SY09SE/38). Early 19th century (circa 1803-04), and made by to General Simcoe's troops. Other details: Plan.

Exeter Archaeology, 1999, Archaeological Assessment of Thorn Tree Plantation, near Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV336320.

Other details: 21.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey, 74, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 584 (Report - Survey). SDV101648.

In 1872, a number of oval, square and circular pits and platforms were located. Believed to be "soldiers pits", similar to those on Aylesbeare Hill, and related to activities of General Simcoe’s troops in the early 19th century (circa 1803-4). In 1989, tall bracken in the area prevented investigation of the features. During the present survey the area was under impenetrable gorse and could not be examined.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey, Site No. 584 (Archive - Survey). SDV358490.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003, East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey, Site No. 584 (Report - Survey). SDV359019.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 2594 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Military Building.
See description in East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey 74, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 584 - SDV101648.

Exeter Archaeology, 2007, East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007, 12, Site No. 2594 (Archive - Survey). SDV351571.

In 1872, a number of oval, square and circular pits and platforms were located. Believed to be "soldiers pits", similar to those on Aylesbeare Hill, and related to activities of General Simcoe’s troops in the early 19th century (circa 1803-4). In 1989, tall bracken in the area prevented investigation of the features. During 2002 survey the area was under impenetrable gorse and could not be examined.

Area still under gorse. Grid reference imprecise. No features identified.

Be aware of potential features during vegetation clearance and avoid damage to them. Could be included in interpretation of pre-World War One military features.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV101648Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.26. A4 Unbound + Digital. 74, Part 2: Gazetteer, Site No. 584. [Mapped feature: #6314 ]
SDV336320Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1999. Archaeological Assessment of Thorn Tree Plantation, near Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury. Exeter Archaeology Report. 99.71. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV339321Un-published: Hutchinson, P. O.. 1848-1894. Diaries. Devon Record Office Collection. Manuscript.
SDV341762Un-published: Hutchinson, P. O.. 1872. Copy of Diary Entry, Sidmouth , May 1872. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV341833National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SY08SW31. NMR Index. Unknown.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 2594.
SDV351571Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2007. East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007. East Devon Access Land Archaeological Survey 2007. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 12, Site No. 2594.
SDV358490Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 584.
SDV359019Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. East Devon Heathlands Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.26. Site No. 584.

Associated Monuments

MDV14750Related to: Military Earthworks on Aylesbeare Common (Monument)
MDV70371Related to: Military earthworks on Lympstone Common, Lympstone (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4422 - Archaeological Assessment of Thorn Tree Plantation near Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury

Date Last Edited:Nov 3 2020 9:00AM