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HER Number:MDV21000
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 53c), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Linehan's Sites 53 C consisting of the earthwork remains of longhouses, field boundaries and trackways. One of nine medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 585 934
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a prehistoric cairnfield, cairns and hut circles, medieval field system and deserted medieval settlements and modern miltary training camp in Okehampton Park

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440846
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/12
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 130 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Linehan's Site 53C. Three buildings lying close together and parallel to one another. Other details: Table 2 & Plan.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX59SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV215263.

Other details: Plan.

Balkwill, C. J., 1976, Quarries (Report - Survey). SDV325006.

Other details: No 6.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity (Un-published). SDV233126.

Other details: No D4.

Ordnance Survey, 1979, 1:2500 (Cartographic). SDV223709.

Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C., 1980, Farms and fields in Okehampton Park, 44 (Article in Serial). SDV324998.

Of the same morphological type as excavated example (see PRN 14217), ie probably 13th century.

Griffiths, D. M., 1983, Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site Visit). SDV215265.

Athough classified by Linehan as one site together with 8 longhouses to the south (see PRN 14212), these are sited at some distance (100m or more) away and not scheduled by DoE. However, they would appear to be linked to the main system of trackways by a hollow way. Some surface erosion of the ground has occurred to the west. Condition and survival similar to the scheduled examples. The OS 1:2500 (1979) map shows two other buildings, at SX58559347, and SX58519432.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EA, 2a,3 & 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215278.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EK, 1,2,10 & 10a (Aerial Photograph). SDV215280.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GK, 7A-11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV223716.

RCHM, 1992, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV223706.

Group 'C', on brow of hill. Three houses parallel to one another, and close together.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, 58-61 (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

The English Heritage survey plan shows the earthwork remains of the settlement (Site 53) to the north of Okehampton Camp with dwelling sites, field system & trackways. Other details: Plan.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215263Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX59SE2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV215265Site Visit: Griffiths, D. M.. 1983. Deserted Medieval Settlement.
SDV215278Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EA. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2a,3 & 4.
SDV215280Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1,2,10 & 10a.
SDV223706Site Visit: RCHM. 1992.
SDV223709Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1979. 1:2500. 1:2500.
SDV223716Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GK. Devon Aerial Photograph. 7A-11.
SDV233126Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 130.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 58-61.
SDV324998Article in Serial: Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C.. 1980. Farms and fields in Okehampton Park. Landscape History. 2. Unknown. 44.
SDV325006Report - Survey: Balkwill, C. J.. 1976. Quarries. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Rural Survey.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82968 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4806Part of: Deserted Medieval Settlements, Sites 52-59, at Okehampton (Monument)
MDV14212Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 53a & b), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14218Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 54), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV30507Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 112), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14211Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 52), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14213Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 55), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14214Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 56), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14215Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 57), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14216Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 58), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14217Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 59), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV21001Related to: Hollow way, Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV4808Related to: Site of a Chapel in Okehampton Park, Okehampton Hamlets (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park
  • EDV8007 - Okehampton Camp Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Earthwork Survey (Ref: 50171.01)
  • EDV3487 - 1992 Survey of Okehampton Deserted Medieval Settlements

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2023 12:49PM