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HER Number:MDV26101
Name:Granite quarries east of South Plantation


Pair of quarries east of South Plantation depicted on the historic maps. Included in 1989 survey.


Grid Reference:SX 601 726
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW195
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/292
  • Pastscape: 619876

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Quarries depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4433 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

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

Three small quarries visible on 1947 aerial photograph at SX60107265, SX60127262, and SX60117257.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 9/2/1989 (Website). SDV360651.

Two small granite quarries lie in a fairly steep east slope at 399 metres above sea level in an enclosed arable field.
SX 60117263. This maximum 2 metre deep quarry scoop now partially infilled by spoil from a badger sett apparently interrupts the line of the Foul Leat (MDV18410) which runs into its upper side. The causeway built to carry the leat over the Devonport Leat (MDV19902) extends from its lower side.
SX 60127261. A similar quarry scoop. Both were the source of good quality granite. The alleged quarry at SX 60117257 is in fact one of two pillow mounds (MDV18422).
A similar quarry scoop survives on the western slope across the valley at SX 60457294 (citing Fletcher, M. J., 09/02/1989, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigators Comments).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4433.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped features: #85175 ; #85176 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 9/2/1989.

Associated Monuments

MDV18410Related to: Foul water prison Leat, Princetown (Monument)
MDV54447Related to: Pillow mound south of Tor Royal Farm (Monument)
MDV18422Related to: Pillow mounds south of Tor Royal Farm (Monument)
MDV51751Related to: Quarry west of South Plantation (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 6 2018 3:14PM