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HER Number:MDV25188
Name:Medieval field boundaries on Welstor Common

Summary

Earthwork banks of a medieval field system are split between the two modern enclosures on Welstor Common. Within the southern area a clear bank runs approximately along the contour for 350 metres before disappearing under gorse. In the northern field the majority of the banks have been ploughed down leaving only very low, spread earthworks, revealing only part of the layout.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 738 733
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a Bronze Age parallel reave system on Buckland Common, extending over Buckland Beacon and including prehistoric hut circle settlements, enclosures and cairns, medieval field systems and pillow mounds and a later field system to east

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/168
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Part of this field system can be seen on the aerial photography. It may extend further to the east and also further to the north where the Aerial Photograph Project indicates, although this could not be confirmed at this time.
Map object based on this source.


National Monuments Record, 1980, NMR SF1746, 263 (Aerial Photograph). SDV294996.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

This field system has apparently encroached on an earlier parallel reave system to the west. The system merges with modern farmland to the east. There is some ridge and furrow at SX73857325. The field system extends from SX73967380 to SX74057303.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on the aerial photography.
Map object based on this source.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 61, figure 18 (listed in appendix as MDV112868) (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Earthwork banks of a medieval field system are split between the two modern enclosures on Welstor Common. Within the southern area a clear bank runs approximately along the contour for 350 metres before disappearing under gorse. In the northern field the majority of the banks have been ploughed down leaving only very low, spread earthworks, revealing only part of the layout. Condition is stable but with legacy damage. SX73796 73391.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV294996Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1980. NMR SF1746. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 263.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 61, figure 18 (listed in appendix as MDV112868).

Associated Monuments

MDV112772Parent of: Strip cultivation on Welstor Common (Monument)
MDV25193Related to: Disused quarry on Welstor Common (Monument)
MDV114604Related to: Rifle Range on Welstor Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 1 2016 1:43PM