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HER Number:MDV200
Name:Beacon Hill


A fire beacon being built on Beacon Hill, Braunton is recorded in the parish accounts in 1588.


Grid Reference:SS 484 370
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/19
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS43NE 24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XVI to Post Medieval - 1501 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 277 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Beacon Hill, Braunton.158 metres above sea level. Parish accounts, 1588 - building the beacon 17s 4d. Elizabethan.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978 - 1981, SS43NE24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341593.

A fire beacon being built on Beacon Hill, Braunton is recorded in the parish accounts in 1588. Height above sea level 454 feet.

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

Baines, C., 2009, Braunton Beacon (Personal Comment). SDV341595.

Original Ordnance Survey grid reference put the location near St. Brannocks Hill, to north-east. Present location based on information in Braunton Conservation leaflet. However neither of these locations reach the height given of 454 feet (circa 138 metres).

Braunton Conservation Project, Undated, Braunton Beacon and Village Trail, 6-9 (Pamphlet). SDV341594.

From the stone information cairn can be seen Braunton Great Field and Marshes. Somewhere near here must be the earliest site of the Beacon fire.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 277.
SDV341593Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978 - 1981. SS43NE24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV341594Pamphlet: Braunton Conservation Project. Undated. Braunton Beacon and Village Trail. Braunton Walks. A5 Unbound + Digital. 6-9.
SDV341595Personal Comment: Baines, C.. 2009. Braunton Beacon.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 26 2013 3:35PM