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HER Number:MDV29386
Name:Settlement in King's Wood, Buckfastleigh


Deserted medieval settlement on the southern fringes of King’s Wood, west of Buckfastleigh. The settlement consists of two probable longhouses and two or three smaller, associated buildings, several of which are bisected by a forestry track running through the site. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 715 658
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Deserted medieval settlement on southern edge of King's Wood, West Buckfastleigh

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/121
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

McCrone, P., 1985, Archaeological Survey in King's Wood, West Buckfastleigh (Report - Survey). SDV163493.

Remains of two possible long houses with two or three smaller associated buildings were recorded during the 1985 archaeological survey in King’s Wood. The northern longhouse (building 1) is at least 20 meters in length and 7.0 meters wide. The western end of this building is obscured by mounds of soil, which may be the result of the construction of tracks for forestry access. One of these tracks may have truncated the end of this longhouse. The southern longhouse (building 2) is also about 20 meters long and one end is also obscured by the field bank and recent tree felling activity. This building appears to have an addition against its southern wall which may either be an outshot or the remains of a small enclosure. South of building 2 the ground appears to have been levelled to form a yard.
Between the two longhouses, are the remains of two or three smaller buildings. These have been truncated by a forestry track running through the site and further obscured by spoil mounds from this track. These forestry tracks may follow the line of much older tracks across the area which is now woodland. Other details: Scale plan provided in file.

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.

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

Kings Wood 2 is included in list; no further information provided.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV163493Report - Survey: McCrone, P.. 1985. Archaeological Survey in King's Wood, West Buckfastleigh. Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. Hole Punched. [Mapped feature: #86455 ]
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7430 - Woodland Survey (1985) in Wray Cleave, Sanduck Wood, Caseley Wood, Kings Wood and Fingle Woods

Date Last Edited:May 9 2016 10:53AM