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HER Number:MDV19487
Name:Castle Field Names near Blegberry, Hartland


Castle field names to the east of Blegberry suggest a prehistoric defended settlement in the vicinity.


Grid Reference:SS 239 264
Map Sheet:SS22NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22NW/10
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS22NW7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DEFENCE WORK (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 17NW (Cartographic). SDV8162.

'Old Quarry' mentioned on this site.

Chope, R. P., 1940, The Book of Hartland, 49 (Monograph). SDV340768.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SS22NW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339846.

Site Visit 30th November 1978. Chope mentions a castle that was near Blegberry. The Tithe Map identifies 9 fields incorporating the element 'castle', occupying the top and gentle north and south slopes of a broad ridge, over half a mile from Blegberry farmhouse. The whole area is currently under pasture and neither the field patterns nor the surface provides any indication of an earthwork. However, both the topographic situation and the allusions by name and document strongly suggest that a prehistoric earthwork of the defended settlement type formerly existed in the vicinity.

Higham, R. A., 1979, The Castles of Medieval Devon, 148-151 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV336189.

Tithe Map field number 179 at SS 23732640 has an embanked area of stoney unploughed land on its south, and to its south the field is rough pasture with an uneven surface, possibly the site of the medieval castle known to have existed near or at Blegberry from about A.D. 1201, although this may have been sited at Blegberry itself. Other details: Fig 47-48..

Timms, S. C., 1980, Blegberry Farm (Worksheet). SDV7363.

Field number 179 (Wester Castle) as described in Higham. No traces of archaeological interest in field to south. The "castle" fields are now predominantly arable.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 20 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Nine fields on Tithe Map with 'Castle' names mainly around SS238262. On a broad ridge with no surface indications of earthwork. Field 179 (SS23732640) has a stony area to the south - this and the uneven land to south is possibly the site of Blegberry medieval castle.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336189Post-Graduate Thesis: Higham, R. A.. 1979. The Castles of Medieval Devon. University of Exeter Thesis. Unknown. 148-151.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 20.
SDV339846Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SS22NW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV340768Monograph: Chope, R. P.. 1940. The Book of Hartland. The Book of Hartland. Unknown. 49.
SDV7363Worksheet: Timms, S. C.. 1980. Blegberry Farm. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV8162Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 17NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV19486Related to: Blegberry Castle, Hartland (Building)
MDV70Related to: Blegberry Farmhouse, Hartland (Building)
MDV7135Related to: Hillfort at Hartland Point (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2015 2:39PM