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HER Number:MDV28641
Name:Prehistoric rectilinear enclosure south-east of Haydon Long Wood, Kenton


Subtle cropmarks of ditches visible on aerial photographs of 1984 on the south-eastern edge of Haydon Long Wood might be evidence of a rectilinear ditched enclosure, possibly of later prehistoric date. Earthwork banks within the woodland may be a continuation of the enclosure.


Grid Reference:SX 937 835
Map Sheet:SX98SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKenton
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoirc rectangular, single ditched enclosure south east of Haydon Long Wood

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98SW/46

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Roman - 2200 BC to 409 AD (Between))
  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Early Medieval to XX - 1066 AD to 1946 AD (Between))

Full description

DPRFP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262469.

Vis=8/2/1989 (robinson) almost level ground. Visible faint bank on w side continues as removed field boundary (dprfp).

AP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286415.

Haydon wood. Small rectangular single ditched enclosure, nw side under trees recorded as cropmark by griffith in june 1984 (ap).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV286418.

Aph=dap/ak 3(29/6/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286419.

Des=dprfp 1989(and photos j 26,27).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286420.

Des=ea/(24/3/1997)/haldon ridge survey.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286421.

Manning, p. T. + walmsley, l. P. /devon county council haldon ridge archaeological survey phase ii/(1997)8;no 394/(ea report 97.43).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV79.

Vis=24/3/1997 (ea) nothing visible. Pasture field (ea).

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

The cropmark corresponds in part to a depicted field boundary.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3128-3129 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

A bank and ditch are visible as earthworks through a clearing in the tree cover. The visible cropmarks corresponds in part to an extant field boundary.

Devon County Council, 1984, DAP 9326, DAP 9326/3 25-JUN-1984 (AK) (Aerial Photograph). SDV361550.

Short linear cropmarks of ditches are visible. The bank is obscured by tree cover.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Subtle cropmarks of ditches up to 6m wide are visible on aerial photographs of 1984 on the south-eastern edge of Haydon Long Wood. The visible cropmarks might be evidence of a north-west to south-east aligned rectilinear ditched enclosure, circa 30m by 43m in size. The enclosure has been interpreted as possibly of later prehistoric date.
A north-west to south-east aligned bank 6m wide by 30m long, flanked to the west by a narrower ditch, is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1946 immediately to the north-west. This bank and ditch is aligned on the visible cropmark and could be interpreted as evidence for a continuation of the potentially prehistoric enclosure into Haydon Long Wood.
Alternatively, the south-western section of cropmark corresponds with the line of a former field boundary of medieval origin, as depicted on the Tithe Map for Kenton and as visible on the 1946 aerial photography. It is therefore possible that the visible cropmarks are, in part, evidence of former field boundaries of medieval origin. The presence of a ditch on the western edge of the earthwork bank to the north, the interior of the putative prehistoric enclosure, might support the interpretation that this earthwork is also evidence of a later boundary bank and not an enclosure.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV262469Migrated Record: DPRFP.
SDV286415Migrated Record: AP.
SDV286418Aerial Photograph:
SDV286419Migrated Record:
SDV286420Migrated Record:
SDV286421Migrated Record:
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 3128-3129 13-APR-1946.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361550Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1984. DAP 9326. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 9326/3 25-JUN-1984 (AK). [Mapped feature: #112403 ]
SDV79Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2019 10:56AM