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HER Number:MDV20451
Name:Medieval Settlement around Okehampton Castle


It is possible that an extra-mural settlement developed by the river. The placename 'Castelokehampton' is recorded in the 14th century and 'Castle Ham' is shown on a map of 1759.


Grid Reference:SX 583 942
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/7/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1907.

Medieval settlement around okehampton castle. The possibility of settlement around the castle is noted in this discussion of the settlement development of the okehampton area. The placename 'castelokehampton' occurs in early 14th century contexts (refs given) and the placename castle ham occurs on wynne's map of 1759 (higham).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV255981.

Higham, r. /pdas/35/(1977)7/excavations at okehampton castle, devon. Part one: the motte and keep.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV255982.

Des=wynne, j. /field book and survey of okehampton/(1759)/(location of original book and survey unknown but copies in possession of dr. R. Taverner).

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 157 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

It is possible that an early extra-mural settlement grew up at the castle, beside the river but no firm evidence has been found to support this.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1907Migrated Record:
SDV255981Migrated Record:
SDV255982Migrated Record:
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 157.

Associated Monuments

MDV4806Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlements, Sites 52-59, at Okehampton (Monument)
MDV14326Related to: Okehampton Castle (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2015 12:30PM