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HER Number:MDV27288
Name:Enclosure 45 metres west of Stannon Brook, Lydford


Walled curvilinear enclosure 45 metres west of Stannon Brook probably of 19th century date


Grid Reference:SX 648 816
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/119

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Enclosure shown on 19th century map with a small rectangular building attached to the interior of the south-east wall. The south-western wall is straight with the rest of the enclosure being curvilinear.

National Monument Record, 1977, SX6481/2, 250-253 (Aerial Photograph). SDV265024.

Photograph taken on 18th May 1977.

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

Enclosure with walls rather than banks visible on aerial photograph.

Fletcher, M. J., 1990, Field Investigation - Stannon Brook (Report - Survey). SDV251201.

Site visited on 2nd July 1990. The pound and its associated building are almost certainly of early 19th century origin, linked to the Newtake enclosures, they are probably also contemporaneous with the ruined dwelling which is only just intervisible in a hollow to the south-west. The exposed, steeply-sloping and somewhat windswept site was possibly selected because it would have remained snow-free in winter.
This sub-rectangular pound, depicted on os maps is located at the head of a broad valley near the foot of a very steep south-east facing slope. It is fairly angular in shape and measures 32 metres by 25.3 metres; the crude drystone boulder walls are a maximum 4 to 5 courses (0.6 metres) high. The undulating, sloping interior contains many large earthfast boulders. The entrance was probably on the downhill side being either on the left or right side of a rectangular building constructed against the inside lower wall of the pound. This ruined structure possibly a shepherd's dwelling or a barn is built into the pound wall, along the contour, and measures 8.8 metres by 2.7 metres internally with boulder walls up to 0.6 metres high. Both the interior and surrounding area are obscured by tumbled debris.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 623393, SX68SW/109 (Website). SDV359354.

Walled enclosure. Sub-rectangular pound located at the head of a broad valley near the foot of a very steep south-east facing slope.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV251201Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1990. Field Investigation - Stannon Brook. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey.
SDV265024Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. SX6481/2. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. 250-253.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85682 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 623393, SX68SW/109.

Associated Monuments

MDV15310Related to: Building 150m west of Stannon Brook (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2016 11:05AM