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HER Number:MDV25354
Name:Ditch around fields north of Outer Huccaby Ring, Dartmoor Forest


Ditch extending for 300 metres around the north-eastern edge of an area of 'ridge and furrow' visible on aerial photographs


Grid Reference:SX 654 746
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE136
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 619587
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/232
  • Old SAM Ref: 34461

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DRAINAGE DITCH (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4424-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

National Monument Record, 1977, SX6575, 1/365-385 (Aerial Photograph). SDV247974.

Photograph taken on 18th May 1977.

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

SX 6540 7470. Ditch extending from the edge of a field boundary at SX 6533 7458 to SX 6553 7477 to meet another field boundary. Length nearly 300m. Visible on NMR 1977 and RAF 1947 aerial photograph.

Haythornthwaite, R. L., 1988, Brimpts Farm, Dartmeet, Princetown (Duchy Farms Survey), I. S. Sainsbury (Report - Survey). SDV223270.

(16/09/1988) A deep drainage gulley running NE to SW from SX 6553 7477 to SX 6537 7466. The gulley is virtually dry, with a few small pools.
It has massive proportions of up to 9m across x 3m deep and has probably been artificially deepened to:
a) drain field system SX 67 SE 97
b) provide water to augment Brimpts Mine Leat SX 67 SE 134.
The feature is basically a natural watercourse.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 157118 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(10/05/2002) Boundary ditch within a prehistoric field system 750m north of Huccaby Tor. A sharped sided gully measuring up to 9m wide and 2.2m deep is probably a Medieval boundary ditch similar to those found at many sites on the moor.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2022, National Heritage List for England, 1021049 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364675.

Within Scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV223270Report - Survey: Haythornthwaite, R. L.. 1988. Brimpts Farm, Dartmeet, Princetown (Duchy Farms Survey). Agricultural Development Advisory Service. A3 Comb Bound. I. S. Sainsbury.
SDV247974Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. SX6575. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 1/365-385.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 157118.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4424-5.
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. [Mapped feature: #138098 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV364675National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2022. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1021049.

Associated Monuments

MDV6439Related to: Bronze age settlement with huts and fields north-west of Outer Huccaby Ring, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV133020Related to: Cock's Lake enclosure north of 'Outer Huccaby Ring', Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV66351Related to: Ridge and furrow in field system north-west of Outer Huccaby Ring, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8634 - Brimpts Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jul 17 2022 11:12AM