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HER Number:MDV25268
Name:Field system east of Smallcombe Wood


Field system on moorland to the east of Smallcombe Wood, and on the west slope of Ringmoor Down. Deserted medieval site within system which is thought to be contemporary.


Grid Reference:SX 557 670
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/443

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE196 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232076.

At SX 55766710 on a west slope at 276 metres ordnance datum within a modern field are the remains of Deals farmstead.
Towards Smallacombe Wood in the west and extending into the largest field to the south are the remains of small sub-rectangular fields probably associated with the steading. They are defined by earth and stone lynchets and banks averaging 3.0 metres wide and 0.5 metres high with the largest field being some 60 metres by 40 metres. Many have been reduced to clearance mounds with only short lengths of bank remaining.
Their continuance beneath modern field walls suggests a pre-enclosure origin, possibly Medieval, for the fields and the building which though not a longhouse, may be an ancillary structure.
Building surveyed at 1:2500.

National Monument Record, 1983, SF2152, 35-37 (Aerial Photograph). SDV232075.

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

Field system on moorland to the east of Smallcombe Wood, and on the west slope of Ringmoor Down. The boundaries of this system do not continue into the modern field system to the north or west. Possibly associated with earthwork (MDV47990). Trial pits MDV25070 within area. Small leat MDV29185? cuts through area.

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

Remains of the field system visible on the aerial photography, particularly to the east of Smallcombe Wood but less clear on Ringmoor Down. The full eastern extent of the system unclear - map object based on this source but polygon is approximately only.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV232075Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1983. SF2152. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 35-37.
SDV232076Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE196. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84998 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3379Related to: Deserted Medieval Site east of Smallcombe Wood (Monument)
MDV131003Related to: Field system on Ringmoor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2021 9:29AM