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HER Number:MDV2746
Name:Beacon on Belland Moor 770 metres north-east of Belland


Beacon. Possibly a fire beacon. May utilise an earlier barrow.


Grid Reference:SX 360 970
Map Sheet:SX39NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTetcott
Ecclesiastical ParishTETCOTT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX39NE/3
  • Old SAM Ref: 34274

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (Lower Palaeolithic to Post Medieval - 698000 BC to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, 3G/TUD/UK/138 5094 (Aerial Photograph). SDV339281.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 261, 278 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Fire beacon on Belland Moor.170 metres above sea level. Judging by the maps the ancient name of this height would be Blag-don, Blag meaning boundary .

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974 - 1977, SX39NE10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV339280.

Visited 12/2/1974. The position of the beacon lies in an area of dense scrub below a hill crest. A circular rise circa 20 metres in diameter and 0.3 metre high, cut by a track and composed of a high proportion of stone may be a barrow utilised as a beacon mound. No evidence of burning, yet excellent long range visibility.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Field shown under cultivation.

Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2001, Beacon on Belland Moor 770m north east of Belland (Schedule Document). SDV339282.

Beacon on Belland Moor 770 metres north-east of Belland.
Diameter 20.9 metres, height 0.5 metre. Linear depression across centre, in approx east to west direction, 4 metres wide and 0.2 metre deep, is probably the remains of a field track.

English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West, 116 (Report - non-specific). SDV355280.

Generally unsatisfactory with major localised problems. Declining. Principal vulnerability arable ploughing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 261, 278.
SDV339280Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974 - 1977. SX39NE10. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV339281Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. 3G/TUD/UK/138 5094. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV339282Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 2001. Beacon on Belland Moor 770m north east of Belland. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV355280Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West. english Heritage. Digital. 116.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2014 8:02AM