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HER Number:MDV2159
Name:BEACON in the Parish of Marwood


Hewish Down Beacon. Elavation 260m. Elizabethan. Probably medieval beacon on possible BA barrow


Grid Reference:SS 568 409
Map Sheet:SS54SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMarwood
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Hewish Down Beacon- Elizabethan beacon or Bronze Age barrow

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS54SE/11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (Unknown date)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, SS54SE8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV319749.

Other details: Photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 9NE (Cartographic). SDV335632.

Ordnance Survey, 1953, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV89153.

A grass covered mound with rectangular hollow on top. No berm or ditch, nor visible traces of burning. Slightly spread, ideally placed for a beacon.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 277 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Hewish Down Beacon. Elavation 260m. Elizabethan. Probably medieval beacon on possible BA barrow. Other details: Appendix A.

Ordnance Survey, 1960, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV89154.

Ploughed over 3/4 years ago, now no sign of tumulus (diam 26.0m, height 1.2m, hollow, diam 9.0m, depth 0.4m previously).

Grinsell, L. V., 1970, The Barrows of North Devon, 124 (Article in Serial). SDV7849.

This mound is said to have been virtually removed about 1950, when many white spar stones were found in it.

Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319749Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. SS54SE8.
SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV335632Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 9NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 277.
SDV7849Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. A5 Paperback. 124.
SDV89153Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1953.
SDV89154Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1960.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV213 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV214 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV215 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM