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HER Number:MDV24931
Name:Linear feature east of Drizzlecombe complex, Sheepstor

Summary

Previously recorded as a possible hollow way from aerial photographs (1985), Robertson (1990) describes this linear feature as a gully. In its surviving form it is probably a combination of tinners workings, a medieval/post-medieval boundary and, or a route way. The two leats which cut it provide a terminus post quem (1999).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 592 668
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE238
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/378
  • Pastscape: 1247542

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HOLLOW WAY (Unknown date)
  • BOUNDARY (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • STREAMWORKS? (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • TRACKWAY (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1983, SF2134, 79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV231262.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Hollow way visible on aerial photographs on Ditsworthy Warren to the east of the Drizzlecombe Brook. Northern termination SX59326705, southern termination SX59116667. Two leats terminate at holloway (SX56NE/367 and SX56NE/370).

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

A significant linear feature extends down a fairly shallow sout-west facing hillslope alongside but not connected with the Drizzlecombe stone rows.
It commences at SX59316708 apparently as a shallow openwork up to 10.0m wide with no trace of a bank on either side. Flanking banks can be traced from SX59276700 as slight linear earthworks and they become strong stone and earth banks up to 0.6m high as the feature extends downhill. It terminates inconclusively at tinners workings at SX59136768.
It is cut by two leats: one at SX59226690 and the second at SX59196683.
Its origin and function(s) are unclear. The upper part appears to be a tinners openwork of a type encountered elsewhere in association with linear boundaries (c/f SX58126756). The main body of the feature is visually an embanked holloway but this classification is questioned by the existence, in the lower part, of a central low bank running down the spine. The four rectangular stony areas adjacent to the west side (SX 56 NE 173) are not linked to this feature.

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(13/09/1999) The Sites and Monument Record classification for this site is a hollow way; Robertson (1990) describes it as a gully. In its surviving form it is probably a combination of tinners workings, a medieval/post-medieval boundary and, or a route way. The two leats which cut it provide a terminus post quem.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

English Heritage, 2005, Military survey information (Report - Survey). SDV347107.

Depicted on GIS survey layer.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown.
SDV231262Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 79.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV347107Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Military survey information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84870 ]
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV127415Related to: Earthwork at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV24923Related to: Leat at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV127414Related to: Pits at Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor

Date Last Edited:Feb 3 2020 12:20PM