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HER Number:MDV27244
Name:Field system surrounding Beardown Farm


Banks and ditches forming part of field system related to the early field pattern of Beardown Farm, established in the late 18th century. Visible on aerial photographs.


Grid Reference:SX 599 754
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive earthwork and structural remains of the late 18th century Devonport Leat, Bronze Age features north-east of Nun’s Cross, Whiteworks Tin Mine and other tinning remains on Walkhampton Common as well as earthworks of Bachelors Hall Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/205
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1799 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1300-1301 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

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

Bank forming part of field system. Visible on 1946 aerial photograph.

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

(Survey date: 8/8/1989) Centred at SX60397549 are a series of banks and ditches probably relating to the early field pattern of Beardown Farm, established around 1780 by Edward Bray. The banks are between 1.5 metres and 2.5 metres wide and 0.8 metres to 1.2 metres high and ditches 1.8 metres to 2.5 metres wide and 1.0 metres deep, were largely superseded by the drystone walls associated with an expansion of the in-be, visible on aerial photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1300-1301.
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: #85663 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV51538Related to: Aqueduct related to Devonport Leat, north of Beardown Farm (Monument)
MDV50894Related to: Beardown Farm, Lydford (Monument)
MDV5968Related to: Beardown Warren, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV105686Related to: Building south of Beardown Warren (Building)
MDV57561Related to: Ridge and furrow north of Beardown Farm (Monument)
MDV57560Related to: Ridge and furrow west of Beardown Farm (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2018 4:19PM