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HER Number:MDV28872
Name:Rectilinear ditched enclosure east of Bigadon House, Buckfastleigh


A rectilinear ditched enclosure of possible later prehistoric date is best visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs taken in 1984 and may have survived as a slight earthwork in 1987.


Grid Reference:SX 748 650
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric rectangular, single ditched enclosure north west of Rill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1029850
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/128

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV293904.

Aph=dap/bt 2(11/7/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV293905.

Des=dprfp 1987(and photo a18).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV293906.

Des=griffith, f. M. /as above/(17/1/1994).

Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV8774.

Rectangular single ditched enclosure about 50m x 30m, recorded as cropmark in july 1984 by f. Griffith. Vis=3/9/1987 (robinson), 7/9/1987 (griffith and robinson). Site lies on moderately steep se slope. Upper side enclosure coincides with faint bank but this may be an old field boundary (dprfp). Vis=17/1/1994 (griffith) site stable under grass, but may be ploughed soon. A tree planting scheme amended to avoid the enclosure. The dark patch in se corner of enclosure may well be a spring: still a very wet area of the field (griffith).

Ordnance Survey, 1984, OS/84170, OS/84170 V 088-089 04-JUL-1984 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352491.

A rectilinear compartmentalised dark cropmark is visible.

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 (Interpretation). SDV361305.

The enclosure is visible as a dark cropmark more clearly on vertical aerial photographs taken in 1984 than on oblique aerial photographs taken a week later in the same year. It is interpreted as a later prehistoric ditched enclosure with an internal division. Two dark irregular cropmarks of approximately 5 metres across are visible in the south-west, and although these could be infilled pits or hollows there are additional dark irregular marks and these may all be of natural origin.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV293904Aerial Photograph:
SDV293905Migrated Record:
SDV293906Migrated Record:
SDV352491Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1984. OS/84170. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/84170 V 088-089 04-JUL-1984. [Mapped feature: #86236 ]
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. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV8774Migrated Record: Griffith, F. M..

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:Nov 13 2018 5:11PM