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HER Number:MDV2141
Name:Beacon Cross, Sandford


Site of a beacon which may be identified with the weardsetl, the watch-seat, mentioned in a 10th century boundary charter.


Grid Reference:SS 798 034
Map Sheet:SS70SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSandford
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSANDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS70SE/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (VIII to Late Medieval - 701 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Field 1143, which runs across the top of the hill to the south of Newbuildings, is named as Bickon Down on the Sandford Tithe Apportionment.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 411 n1 (Monograph). SDV337894.

Beacon Cross on a prominent hill to the north-west of Ruxford may be identified with weardsetl (watch-seat) mentioned in a grant of land at Sandford.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 253, 283 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Appendix A. No. 17a: Hundred of Crediton. Weardsetl. Placenames in Devon (p411) gives this from Birch's Saxon Charters as meaning the Watch Seat. Greenwood's map of Devon, 1826, shows Beacon Hill. John Ogilby shows a beacon to the east of New Buildings (Map 68) but refers to it as 'Tiverton Beacon'.

Mullen, C., 2018, John Ogilby's Britannia, 1675, Plate 68 (Website). SDV361612.

This appears to be two separate annotations. One line reads ' To Tiverton', the line below 'Beacon'.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Beacon Cross marked.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 253, 283. [Mapped feature: #11315 ]
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 411 n1.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361612Website: Mullen, C.. 2018. John Ogilby's Britannia, 1675. https://www.fulltable.com/vts/m/map/ogilby/mna.htm. Website. Plate 68.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 26 2018 12:28PM