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HER Number:MDV27091
Name:Single pillow mound north of the Devonport Leat at Beardown Warren


Single pillow mound north of the leat at Beardown Warren. Measures roughly 13.5 metres by 7.0 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 601 755
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/102
  • Old SAM Ref: 34473

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Mound is visible on the aerial photography.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Pillow mound is depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

The rabbit warren 430m west and 310m north west of Beardown Farm survives well and represents a good example of a compact 19th century commercial warren. Information concerning rabbit management will survive in and around the many pillow mounds.
The monument, which falls into two areas of protection, comprises a rabbit warren situated on a south facing slope of Beardown Hill overlooking the valley of the Cowsic River. The warren includes at least 50 pillow mounds, with all but one lying to the south of a now abandoned length of the Devonport Leat. The pillow mounds vary between 2.3m and 54m long, with the average being 9.38m. They stand between 0.5m and 1m high and most are surrounded by a ditch from which material was quarried during their construction. The earliest reference to the warren is in a Duchy of Cornwall lease of 1808 and it is generally believed that the warren was established at around this time. The nearby Dartmoor Prison may have been the primary market for the produce.
The modern fence posts within the monument are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground below is included.
The Devonport Leat which passes under the monument via an undergound pipeline is totally excluded from the scheduling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85589 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5968Part of: Beardown Warren, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 10 2013 1:20PM