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HER Number:MDV21137
Name:Nemeto Statio, North Tawton

Summary

The placename Nemeto statio recorded recorded in the British section of the Ravenna Cosmography, circa 700AD, is identified as the fort at North Tawton. The name derives from Nemet, the Celtic word for sacred grove.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 660 998
Map Sheet:SX69NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69NE/3/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SANCTUARY (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))
  • PLACENAME (Roman to VII - 43 AD to 700 AD (Between))

Full description

Fox, A., 1973, South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition), 182 (Monograph). SDV16216.

Place-name Nemetostatio given to the Roman fort incorporates the Celtic element 'Nimet', suggesting this was the site of a sanctuary or grove in the Iron Age. Other details: 1964, re-edited 1973.


Rivet, A. L. F. + Smith, C., 1979, The Place-Names of Roman Britain, 205, 254, 424-425 (Monograph). SDV274733.

The name Nemeto Statio is recorded in the British section of the Ravenna Cosmography, circa 700AD. It is identified as the fort at North Tawton. Nymet and Nemet place names survive in the area, from the Celtic word for sacred grove.


Eardley-Wilmot, H., 1982, Moles and Nymets, 73-75 (Article in Serial). SDV270273.

Nymet was formerly the name of the River Yeo.


Griffith, F. M., 1985, A Nemeton in Devon?, 310-315 (Article in Serial). SDV224842.

Further discussion of the origin of the name given in Griffith, 1985. There is a concentration of 'Nymet' placenames in this vicinity and, in 1984, a class II henge was identified in the heart of the group (see SS70SW/68).


Whiteaway, T., 2003, Archaeological Evaluation of Proposed Site of Lorry Park and Storm Water Storage Pond at the Barton, North Tawton, 1 (Report - Evaluation). SDV265762.


Passmore, A. J., 2003, Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton, 1 (Report - Survey). SDV219497.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV16216Monograph: Fox, A.. 1973. South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition). South West England. Hardback Volume. 182.
SDV219497Report - Survey: Passmore, A. J.. 2003. Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.25. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV224842Article in Serial: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. A Nemeton in Devon?. Antiquity. 59. Photocopy. 310-315.
SDV265762Report - Evaluation: Whiteaway, T.. 2003. Archaeological Evaluation of Proposed Site of Lorry Park and Storm Water Storage Pond at the Barton, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.60. A4 stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV270273Article in Serial: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1982. Moles and Nymets. Exmoor Review. 73-75.
SDV274733Monograph: Rivet, A. L. F. + Smith, C.. 1979. The Place-Names of Roman Britain. The Place-Names of Roman Britain. Unknown. 205, 254, 424-425.

Associated Monuments

MDV103778Part of: Roman Military Complex at North Tawton (Monument)
MDV35903Related to: Bow Henge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV384 - Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton
  • EDV385 - Archaeological Evaluation of Proposed Site of Lorry Park and Storm Water Storage Pond at the Barton, North Tawton

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2018 9:26AM