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HER Number:MDV2926
Name:Enclosure at Owley Farm, Ugborough


Enclosure at Owley Farm, most obvious from the field boundaries that appear to have respected part of its outline. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites. Measures 146m in length by 91.4m wide. Excavation and geophysical survey work here in the 1960s/1970s.


Grid Reference:SX 674 596
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric enclosure at Owley Farm, Ugborough

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE54
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/34
  • Pastscape: 441228

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Outline of the enclosure depicted on the late 19th century historic map as field boundaries.

Anon, 1962, Untitled Source, 3 (Pamphlet). SDV175375.

Trial pit dug. Charcoal was found at subsoil level. Aerial photography of the site planned.

Hurrell, H. G., 1963, The circular structure at Owley Farm, 7 (Article in Serial). SDV175374.

SX 673596 The remains of a roughly circular enclosure.
Owley; oval enclosure in field system, at elevation 213 meters. This enclosure lies between the road at Owley farm and the newtake wall on the moor edge, south-west of the farm. It appears to be an earth embankment on which a stone wall has been built. At the north-west end the wall and hedge have been mostly removed leaving a low embankment about 4.87 meters wide. It is probable that a very early enclosure was adapted as part of the field system when the land in this area was gradually enclosed to its present boundaries. Other details: DAES Newsletter 2.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX65NE54 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV175376.

Trial pit dug. Charcoal found at subsoil level. Aerial photography planned (anon.).
31/01/1978 charcoal excavated 12/01/1982

Bartlett, A., 1979, Geophysics: South Brent (Report - Survey). SDV364067.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV175374Article in Serial: Hurrell, H. G.. 1963. The circular structure at Owley Farm. Devon Archaeological Exploration Society Newsletter. 6. Unknown. 7.
SDV175375Pamphlet: Anon. 1962. Devon Archaeological Exploration Society Newsletter. Unknown. 3.
SDV175376Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX65NE54. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #128501 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV364067Report - Survey: Bartlett, A.. 1979. Geophysics: South Brent. Ancient Monuments Laboratory Report. 2959. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7413 - Peek Moor Gate, Owley and Pennaton Bridge plantations archaeological survey
  • EDV8459 - Excavation of earthwork / enclosure, Owley
  • EDV8462 - Geophysical survey at enclosure near Owley, South Brent

Date Last Edited:Jan 26 2021 11:41AM