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HER Number:MDV19960
Name:Section of the Leather Tor Reave on Walkhampton Common

Summary

The Bronze Age reave extends from the clitter field below Sharpitor to the lower slopes of Leather Tor where it terminates at an extensive clitter field before resuming it course to the newtake wall. This latter section has not be previously surveyed. The reave is cut by tracks in a number of places and also apparently overlaid by a small hut circle (SX 57 SE 121). Investigated and surveyed in 2007-8.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 561 702
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 119
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/187
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 20294(P) (PART)
  • Old SAM Ref: 22282
  • Pastscape: 440369

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • REAVE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE119 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV270073.

(21/05/1980) A reave extends from SX 56057030, in the clitter below Sharpitor, to SX 56267015 in the clitter of Leather Tor, a distance of 255m, at between 333m and 314m O.D. It follows a north-east crest as a prominent bank of rubble averaging 3.0m wide and 0.6m high (see ground photograph).
In the southern 120m there are eleven gaps (see plan) none of which is obviously original, i.e. with blocked ends, and the majority, particularly where stone has been thrown to one side, seem to be gaps for packhorse trails with hollow ways leading to them.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on M.S.D. and the south-eastern part surveyed at 1:1250 for record purposes (see illustration).

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 129193 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1992 (gerrard) this 255m length of the leather tor reave extends from the clitter on the east side of sharpitor to the clitter north of leather tor. The reave survives as a 0.7m high, prominent rubble bank with an average width of 3.5m. In the southern half of its length, there are eleven gaps in the bank, but none appear to be original. The leather tor reave is a transverse boundary, which would have originally lead at a right angle from the walkhampton common reave and would have sub-divided open pasture land.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

(25/05/20047) The Bronze Age reave extends from the clitter field below Sharpitor to the lower slopes of Leather Tor where it terminates at an extensive clitter field before resuming it course to the newtake wall. This latter section has not be previously surveyed. The reave is cut by tracks in a number of places and also apparently overlaid by a small hut circle (SX 57 SE 121). Investigated and surveyed at 1:2500.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-67 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(25/04/2020) Reave and associated huts visited and recorded in project. Condition assessed by volunteer recorder as very good; no damage agents affecting site. The Dartmoor Preservation Association regularly visit this site, clearing bracken cover. Cattle, sheep and ponies are free to roam over this ground, but appear to be causing little visible damage.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographed during April 2020 site visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV270073Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE119. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 129193.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #118767 ]
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-67.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV28500Related to: Feature built over the Leath Tor reave (Monument)
MDV50102Related to: Length of reave north of Leather Tor (Monument)
MDV50106Related to: Length of reave north-east of Leather Tor (Monument)
MDV19961Related to: Oval hut attached to the north-east side of Leather Tor reave (Monument)
MDV15038Related to: The Walkhampton Common Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2020 11:39AM