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HER Number:MDV29803
Name:Clay pits, Widecombe in the Moor


Documentary sources record clay pits (thought to be on Bittleford Common and an adjacent field named in the mid-19th century Tithe Apportionment as 'Clay Pits'. Survey in the 1970s stated the pits had been filled in.


Grid Reference:SX 704 751
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/299

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLAY PIT (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

The Tithe Map apportinment names this field as 'Clay Pit' (field number 1350), 'arable land' which may indicate it was the field closest to the pit(s) located on the common.

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

Field number 1813 to the west of this area is apparently adjacent to the clay pits. It has lost its northern field boundary in modern times. Map object based on this Source.

French, H., 1963, Field Names in Widecombe in the Moor, 162 (Article in Serial). SDV340274.

On Dockwell there is a field called clay pits denoting the existence of medieval clay pits on the moor just outside the common hedges. Fine yellow ochreous clay with fine quartz sand and dark green mica. When burnt it gives rise to coarse pink and greyish ware such as fragments found on medieval sites in the parish.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 221 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Site visited 13/7/1979. This field is next door to some old clay pits on Bittleford Common. These have now been filled in. A field boundary has gone from this field. Other details: Vol II.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 221.
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV340274Article in Serial: French, H.. 1963. Field Names in Widecombe in the Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 95. A5 Hardback. 162.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV26964Related to: Field system on Bittleford Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2014 2:18PM