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HER Number:MDV26829
Name:Trial pits west of Harefoot Cross


Line of trial pits running in a north-east by south-west direction from the road towards a cairn (MDV7457) north of Top Tor. Visible on aerial photography, these were surveyed in 2015.


Grid Reference:SX 735 765
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/186

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 02/10/1945, RAF 106G/UK/879, 7004 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345865.

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

Visible on aerial photographs.

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

Group of trial pits visible on aerial photograph (1945) and recorded on map overlay.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 54, Figure 11 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Tin prospecting pits north of Top Tor. Two alignments of tin prospecting pits running approximately SW to NE down the north slope of Top Tor and terminating just to the south of the Widecombe road. Centred SX7361 7660; SX 7382 7641. Condition stable.

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345865Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 02/10/1945. RAF 106G/UK/879. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7004.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85462 ]
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 54, Figure 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV7457Related to: Cairn north of Top Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 12 2019 12:42PM