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HER Number:MDV21099
Name:Earthworks to the west of Chercombe Bridge Road, Newton Abbot


An alignment of four earthworks along a plateau to the southeast of Hele Park, Newton Abbot, are visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards and digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. They partly correspond with outcrops of igneous rock and are therefore interpreted as being of possible natural origin.


Grid Reference:SX 834 718
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGHWEEK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SW/81

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) EARTHWORK (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 1364-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Other details: County Hall: 49/69-71.

Bovey, 1983, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV338597.

A series of four (possibly six) conical earthworks are visible on aerial photographs running along the limestone ridge to the south of the Ashburton Road. Can be observed at SX83607185, SX83487188, Sx83427189 & SX83317191. All seem to have signs of excavation in their upper surfaces. Two possible further examples at SX83387190 & SX83257189. Could be Prehistoric barrows yet their status is suspect.

Horner, B., 1999, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV338598.

Further possible ring ditch visible on aerial photographs at circa SX83727190.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Some of the mounds visible on modern aerial photographs running west from Chercombe Bridge Road.

Webb, A., 2006, Mile End, Newton Abbot, Devon: Geophysical Survey (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV347920.

Webb, A., 2006, Mile End, Newton Abbot, Devon: Geophysical Survey, 4.2; Figures 2-5 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV347920.

In Field 1 there was an obvious correlation with the upstanding mound in the south-west corner of the field, but it is not possible to confirm whether the 'mound' is a Bronze Age round barrow, or the result of more modern quarrying activity, on the basis of geophysical survey.

Waterman CPM Ltd, 2006, Mile End, Newton Abbot: Archaeological Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV338555.

Other details: Appendix 2.

Waterman CPM Ltd, 2006, Mile End, Newton Abbot: Archaeological Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV338555.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1364-7.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV338555Report - Assessment: Waterman CPM Ltd. 2006. Mile End, Newton Abbot: Archaeological Assessment. Waterman CPM Ltd. H2051_03b. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV338597Site Visit: Bovey. 1983.
SDV338598Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 1999.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347920Report - Geophysical Survey: Webb, A.. 2006. Mile End, Newton Abbot, Devon: Geophysical Survey. Archaeological Services WYAS Report. 1599. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4.2; Figures 2-5.

Associated Monuments

MDV21100Related to: Earthwork on Morley Hill (Monument)
MDV21101Related to: Earthwork to south of Road (Monument)
MDV21097Related to: Possible natural outcrop, north-east of Bradley Barton, Newton Abbot (Monument)
MDV21098Related to: Possible natural outcrops, northwest of Bradley Barton, Newton Abbot (Monument)
MDV119713Related to: Windmill mound or natural feature at Mile End, Newton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4236 - Mile End, Newton Abbot
  • EDV5370 - Geophysical Survey on Land at Mile End
  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 16 2018 9:39AM