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HER Number:MDV25237
Name:Prospecting pit west of Drakelands Corner, Sparkwell

Summary

An earthwork pit and mound, possibly a prospecting pit of 19th century date, is visible on aerial photographs of the 1940s west of Drakelands Corner, Sparkwell. The earthwork has probably been levelled by activity associated with 21st century extraction.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 566 588
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/134

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) EXTRACTIVE PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • PROSPECTING PIT (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV157374.

Aph=raf 106g/uk 1190/3251-2(24/2/1946).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Small area of openwork less than 0.1ha in area. Visible on 1946 raf ap.(rchm app 1985).

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The visible earthworks correspond with an area of rough ground depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1880s First Edition 25inch map.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FP 1128-1129 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351061.

An earthwork mound and pits are visible.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5658 01-JUN-2002 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

The pit appears to have been infilled.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5658 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

The mound has possibly been levelled and overlain by a modern track.

NERC, 2013, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5658 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013 (Cartographic). SDV361514.

An earthwork mound and pits are visible as very subtle earthworks.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

An oval pit circa 13m by 18m in size is visible within an oval mound up to circa 60m across, on aerial photographs of 1946, to the west of Drakelands Corner.
The earthworks correspond with an area of rough ground depicted on the Ordnance Survey 1880s First Edition 25inch map. They are interpreted as the possible remains of a prospecting pit of probable 19th century date.
The earthworks are identifiable only as very slight earthworks on digital images derived from lidar data captured in 2013 and had probably been partly levelled by activity associated with 21st century extraction. A trackway has been constructed over the earthworks by 2016, probably further damaging the earthworks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157374Aerial Photograph:
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351061Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/CPE/UK/1890 FP 1128-1129 10-DEC-1946.
SDV361514Cartographic: NERC. 2013. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor. Digital. LIDAR SX5658 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013. [Mapped feature: #119113 ]
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5658 01-JUN-2002.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2021 11:13AM