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HER Number:MDV20072
Name:Platform by farm track on north side of Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead


Platform some 8.0 metres square enclosed by a ditch and bank. No visible entrance. Possibly a bracken rick.


Grid Reference:SX 770 877
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/70

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PLATFORM (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX78NE32 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV295902.

Site visit 16th February 1982. Earthwork visible, beside a farm track on Mardon Down. It comprises a square platform at ground level, about 8. 0 metres square enclosed by a ditch 4.0 metres wide by 0.4 metres deep. The upcast from the ditch has formed a bank 4.0 metres wide and 0.2 metres high. No visible entrance. Probably modern, possibly a base for a bracken rick. Bracken is still cut on Mardon Down for animal bedding. Platform clearly visible on RAF 1947 aerial photo.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 RAF aerial photo.

Environment Agency, 2011, LIDAR data JPEG images (2 metre resolution) (Cartographic). SDV348634.

Platform and bank visible.

Griffith, F. M., 21/05/1986, Platform on Mardon Down (Personal Comment). SDV295903.

Site visit 17th May 1986. As described by the Ordnance Survey in 1982. It is quite odd and no immediate parallels spring to mind.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV295902Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX78NE32. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #10315 ]
SDV295903Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 21/05/1986. Platform on Mardon Down.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV348634Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2011. LIDAR data JPEG images (2 metre resolution). Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 17 2014 9:21AM