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HER Number:MDV1878
Name:Luppitt Beacon on Dumpdon Hill


Possible site of Luppitt Beacon on Dumpdon Hi lwhich may originally have been a Prehistoric round barrow later used as a Medieval and Napoleonic fire beacon


Grid Reference:ST 176 040
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLuppitt
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLUPPITT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 188770
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST10SE/16/1
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: ST10SE22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (Early Medieval to XVI - 1066 AD to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Site visited on 17th June 1862. The mound here was created by the Ordnance Survey.

Hutchinson, P. O., 1868, On Hill Fortresses, Sling-Stones, and other Antiquities in South Eastern Devon, 372 (Article in Serial). SDV120058.

Wall, J. C., 1906, Ancient Earthworks, 583 (Article in Monograph). SDV341465.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 643 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Beacon in Luppitt is mentioned as 'Bekyn' in 1469.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, Appendix A (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1975, ST10SE22 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345799.

Luppitt Beacon on Dumpdon Hill mentioned as Bekyn in 1469, describing it as a hamlet lying to north of Dumpdon Hill.
In the centre of the camp at Dumpdon Hill is a mound like a tumulus but said to be an Ordnance Survey work.
Captain W Kerr's records of the Somerset militia refer to a fire signal station at Dumpdon in 1803. Pre-Elizabethan.

National Trust, 1984, Dumpdon Hill, Devon, 8 (Report - Survey). SDV342985.

Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 188770 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345800.

Dumpdon Hill, at 261 metres high has unrestricted views and is an ideal situation for a beacon. A 'Beacon Field' at ST17900481 is considerably lower and may relate to the hamlet one kilometre to the north.
At ST17600400, within the confines of Dumpdon Hill Fort, there is a flat topped mound of earth and stone, 7.5 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. It has no ditch. The Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar which surmounts it is the successor to an earlier station but the mound is unusually large to have been initiated by the Ordnance Survey as a marker cairn. The mound is probably a round barrow, utilised for the site of the medieval and the Napoleonic fire beacons.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV120058Article in Serial: Hutchinson, P. O.. 1868. On Hill Fortresses, Sling-Stones, and other Antiquities in South Eastern Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 2 part 2. A5 Hardback. 372.
SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. Appendix A.
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 643.
SDV339321Un-published: Hutchinson, P. O.. 1848-1894. Diaries. Devon Record Office Collection. Manuscript.
SDV341465Article in Monograph: Wall, J. C.. 1906. Ancient Earthworks. Victoria History of the County of Devon. Hardback Volume. 583.
SDV342985Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Dumpdon Hill, Devon. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8.
SDV345799Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1975. ST10SE22. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345800National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 188770. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV29488Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Luppitt (Monument)
MDV1877Related to: Dumpdon Hillfort (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 21 2015 4:55PM