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HER Number:MDV27806
Name:Medieval Farmstead in Dendles Wood, Cornwood

Summary

Indistinct remains of a Medieval farmstead in Dendles Wood, north-east of the more well-known example at Hawns. The Royal Commission 1998 survey recorded the remains of two, possibly three rectangular structures with associated fields.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 617 627
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/173

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 271 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Dendles Wood was mentioned as 'Dendals' in 1815.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3054 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.


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

Farmstead in an area of old field boundaries. No buildings are visible, but there is a concentration of walls and low banks, together with a possible trackway through the fields, suggesting a farmstead.


Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1998, Hawns and Dendles: An Archaeological Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 10-18 (Report - Survey). SDV346246.

Two, possibly three rectangular structures survive, west of the River Yealm, approximately 450 meters north-east of the more well-known medieval farmstead Hawns. This settlement includes at least two buildings and a series of small irregular fields, but unlike the buildings at Hawns, however, these structures were built across the contours of the land.
The remains of the most complete building consist of a hollow set into the hillside with some small areas of walling remaining to mark the rectangular shape of the structure. The western wall is completely buried but an approximately internal measurement is 8.0 by 4.4 meters. These remains have been severely disturbed by conifer planting and several tree stumps remain within the building.
The second building is located around 37.0 meters uphill from the first, on what appears to be an artificial shelf in the slope. Another shelf in the hillside 30.0 meters south of this may represent the site of a third structure.
No documentary evidence of this site has so far been located.


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

Farmstead shown on survey with two rectangular buildings and a smaller one to the north-east. Several enclosures and field boundaries are also shown.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

'Farmstead' at 'Hawns' shown on modern mapping as three adjoining rectangles.


White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Dendles Wood (Un-published). SDV352501.

Medieval farmstead site in Dendles Wood.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 271.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3054.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #85888 ]
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital.
SDV346246Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1998. Hawns and Dendles: An Archaeological Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Spiral Bound + Digital. 10-18.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Dendles Wood.

Associated Monuments

MDV4359Related to: Hawns Medieval Farmstead, Dendles Wood, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV27805Related to: Medieval Field system in Dendles Waste, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV119884Related to: Two Prehistoric Hut Circles south of Dendles Farmstead, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4965 - Hawns and Dendles, Cornwood: An Archaeological survey by the Royal Commission

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2017 2:24PM