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HER Number:MDV26751
Name:Earthwork bank at Prestonbury Castle Hillfort, Drewsteignton


Bank visible as the outer ramparts on the northern and eastern sides of the Iron Age Prestonbury Castle hillfort


Grid Reference:SX 748 900
Map Sheet:SX79SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDrewsteignton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDREWSTEIGNTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of hut circle, possible ring cairn and field system on Prestonbury Common above the River Teign
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of hut circle, possible ring cairn and field system on Prestonbury Common above the River Teign

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX79SW/67
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Constructed, Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Southern part of bank shown on 19th century map.

National Monuments Record, 1973, NMR SX7490, 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224740.

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

Bank visible on aerial photographs

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Bank shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1003861 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This monument includes a small multivallate hillfort situated on a prominent ridge known as Prestonbury Common overlooking the valleys of the River Teign and a tributary to it. The hillfort survives as an oval enclosure with a second narrow elliptical enclosure to the east and a third far wider enclosed area to the north and east. The outer enclosure divides the summit of Prestonbury Common from the rest of the ridge with a curving strongly built rampart with outer ditch and encloses an area measuring up to 280 metres long by 150 metres wide. An inturned entrance lies to the north-east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224740Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1973. NMR SX7490. 4.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85437 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1003861.

Associated Monuments

MDV8439Part of: Prestonbury Castle Hillfort Camp, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV26743Related to: Hut circle north of Prestonbury Castle, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV26750Related to: Prestonbury Castle Hillfort inner ramparts, Drewsteignton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 10 2021 10:24AM