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HER Number:MDV26201
Name:Remains of medieval fields north-east of Lower Merripit


An area of five abandoned rectilinear fields probably medieval in date bounded by turf and stone banks measuring 2.2 metres wide by 0.7 metres high. There are faint traces of ridge and furrow.


Grid Reference:SX 660 794
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval fields consisting of a range of banks north-east of Lower Merripit with faint ridge and furrow visible in places

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NE 155
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/190
  • Pastscape: 913468
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF RP541/540, 3150-3151 (Aerial Photograph). SDV290988.

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

Series of parallel banks beyond the enclosed land. Visible on Royal Air Force 1950 aerial photographs.

English Heritage, 2005, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 19/09/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

Centred SX 66057950. Approximately 6.8 hectares of abandoned fields on the north-eastern side of the minor road between the B3212 and Runnage Bridge. The five rectilinear fields are bounded by turf and stone banks on average 2.2 metres wide and 0.75 metres high usually with ditches on the external, north-eastern, sides measuring up to 2.4 metres wide and 0.6 metres deep. Traces of very faint ridge-and-furrow is discernible, though not surveyable, in the two long fields abutting the road.
These fields are probably of medieval or later origin. Their layout suggests a period of unplanned expansion. The reason for abandonment is not clear as they lie between two areas of enclosed pasture.
For detailed 1:2500 plan see RCHME Statts Brook survey (citing Probert, S. A. J., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 03/11/1992).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV290988Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF RP541/540. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3150-3151.
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.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85220 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 19/09/2016.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 19 2016 3:47PM