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HER Number:MDV26725
Name:Bank and Field System on Crownhill Down


Possible Prehistoric bank and field system on Crownhill Down


Grid Reference:SX 562 597
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 910269
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/168

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Unknown date)

Full description

Timms, S. C., Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343952.

In this area of Crownhill Down, traces of low parallel ridges may also be seen, where the vegetation is low.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Devon County Council, 1982, Untitled Source (Plan - measured). SDV337246.

Possible Prehistoric bank running north-west to south-east on Crownhill Down.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX55NE (Cartographic). SDV337243.

National Monuments Record, 2002, 910269 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV343914.

Numerous low earthen field banks, many with ditches on one side, lie on open moorland on the lower south-facing slopes of Crownhill Down. They are on average spread to 1.8 metres wide and are up to 0.7 metres high. None have been excavated but they are similar in form to other banks which have a Medieval origin. This part of the moor is covered by stands of dense mature gorse obscuring many of the features. Other details: NMR Number SX55NE22.

Fletcher, M., 2002, The Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Ridding Down: Survey Report (Report - Survey). SDV343412.

Other details: Figure 3 and Crownhill Down Survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV337243Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX55NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV337246Plan - measured: Devon County Council. 1982. Plan.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV343412Report - Survey: Fletcher, M.. 2002. The Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Ridding Down: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/31/2002. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV343914National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2002. 910269. National Monuments Record Index. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV343952Personal Comment: Timms, S. C..

Associated Monuments

MDV12782Related to: Medieval Field System on west side of Crownhill Down (Monument)
MDV26721Related to: Medieval Leat on west side of Crownhill Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4559 - Archaeological Landscape of Crownhill Down and Riddding Down

Date Last Edited:Sep 28 2021 7:00AM