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HER Number:MDV25836
Name:Fields and enclosures on Mountsland Common

Summary

A series of medieval and later enclosures on Mountsland Common. Elements and orientation of the Rippon Tor parallel reave system can be seen to be underpinning the layout of the fields, but their surviving character, of robust earth bank, some with external ditches is certainly much later. Also, some elements appear to have been added piecemeal rather than fitting any scheme. A high proportion of the fields have clear evidence of ridge and furrow.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 751 740
Map Sheet:SX77SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a Bronze Age parallel reave system on Mountsland, Halshanger and Horridge Commons, comprising the remains of a field system, hut circle settlements, enclosures and cairns, and surface remains of 19th century Hemsworthy Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SE/134
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1320 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.


National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1459, 100 (Aerial Photograph). SDV291903.


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

Field system, post-prehistoric in appearance but with strong elements of a parallel reave system particularly around SX75427410 where the banks or reaves are aligned north-west by south-east and show association with neighbouring parallel reave systems. There is ridge and furrow at SX75307425 and SX75557412. The 1946 Royal Air Force photos suggest that this area had not been in use for at least several decades. The system is bounded by streamworks at SX75197400 and SX75557430.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 53 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Medieval and later enclosures on Mountsland Common
A series of medieval and later enclosures on Mountsland Common. Elements and orientation of the Rippon Tor parallel reave system can be seen to be underpinning the layout of the fields, but their surviving character, of robust earth bank, some with external ditches is certainly much later. Also, some elements appear to have been added piecemeal rather than fitting any scheme. A high proportion of the fields have clear evidence of ridge and furrow. Condition is stable. SX75300 74150

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1320.
SDV291903Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 100.
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.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 53.

Associated Monuments

MDV103648Part of: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2016 11:56AM