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HER Number:MDV19467
Name:Gidleigh Pound


Remains of Gidleigh animal pound; a roughly egg-shaped enclosure for containing animals, positioned adjacent to the road from Gidleigh Castle to Chapple. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 670 884
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Medieval animal pound at Gidleigh; a roughly egg-shaped enclosure for containing animals

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/125
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POUND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Enclosure visible on 1946-1949 aerial photographs but not visible on the 1999-2010 digital aerial photography due to tree cover.

Robinson, R., 1982, Gidleigh Pound (Worksheet). SDV217513.

Gidleigh Pound. Closely resembles other medieval pounds for estrays. It lies adjacent to the road from Gidleigh Castle to Chapple, on the east side, about 50 yards from the T junction.
Pound measures approximately 13.0 meters in length, width approximately 6.0 meters, and roughly egg-shaped. Entrance at the western, narrow end, flanked by a pair of tall gate pillars. Walls up to 1.0 meter in height. The construction of the pound is similar to that of Willsworthy Pound. Other details: Date estimated.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Pound marked as 'Gidleigh Manor Pound'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217513Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1982. Gidleigh Pound. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82511 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6112Related to: Gidleigh Barton Farmhouse (Castle House), Gidleigh (Building)
MDV54076Related to: Linhay at Gidleigh Barton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 11:51AM