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HER Number:MDV28210
Name:Linear feature on Walkhampton Common, west of Princetown


Previously recorded from aerial photographs in 1985 project as a leat, this feature was included in 2015-16 work at Foggintor and has been identified as a probable trackway between the quarry and Princetown.


Grid Reference:SX 574 734
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of an area of the Hart Tor tinworks west and north of Hart Tor, Walkhampton Common

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/246

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) LEAT (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))
  • TRACKWAY (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD (Between) to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1951, 540/226, 5730 (Aerial Photograph). SDV268219.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

SX 5687 7360 Leat visible on 1951 aerial photograph and recorded on map overlay in 1985 project running from Foggintor Quarry in an east-west direction to point near the railway, Princetown. [The map overlay indication is poor for this feature].

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

Visible on the aerial photography. The route of this feature lies further south than is indicated by the 1985 project overlay indicates, although there is a northern branch at the east side of Foggintor that matches the 1985 project grid reference more closely.

Wakeham, C., 2016, Report on an Audit of Archaeological Features and Structures Relating to Railways and Tramways on Dartmoor Phase 1, DR+T_FQ_087 (Report - Assessment). SDV360397.

Track route at SX 57432 73295. Track from eastern edge of Foggintor Quarry towards a linear banked feature (MDV134479) to the north of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway, identified using satellite imagery (NLS). It can be picked out on the outskirts of the quarry at about of SX 56809 73483. From this it runs in a general ESE direction to intersect with the linear feature at SX 58086 73294. It is currently unclear whether this was just a cart track or an actual early track bed to link the quarry more directly with Princetown.

Environment Agency WMS, 2022, Environment Agency LIDAR Composite DTM 2022 - 1m (Cartographic). SDV365447.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV268219Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. 540/226. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5730.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV360397Report - Assessment: Wakeham, C.. 2016. Report on an Audit of Archaeological Features and Structures Relating to Railways and Tramways on Dartmoor Phase 1. A4 Bound + Digital. DR+T_FQ_087.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped features: #141602 ; #141603 ]
SDV365447Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 2022. Environment Agency LIDAR Composite DTM 2022 - 1m. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5005Related to: Foggintor Quarry, Princetown (Monument)
MDV134479Related to: Linear feature west of Princetown (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 14 2023 11:17AM