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HER Number:MDV30507
Name:Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 112), Okehampton Park


Deserted Medieval Settlement: Site 112, not identified by Linehan, consisting of the earthwork remains of one building and associated enclosures. One of nine medieval settlement sites in Okehampton Park. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 583 932
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a prehistoric cairnfield, cairns and hut circles, medieval field system and deserted medieval settlements and modern miltary training camp in Okehampton Park

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE107
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1388155
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/5/15

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EK, 11,12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215280.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EL, 1,2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV215281.

Okehampton Park. Deserted medieval site (or possibly Prehistoric) visible as a complex of curvilinear enclosures, north-west of Okehampton Camp. First recorded as aerial photograph (under snow).

Griffiths, D. M., 1985, Medieval Settlement (Worksheet). SDV231896.

Site visited on 10th December 1985. Possible site of a Medieval farmstead. Scarps and eroded banks form small enclosures characteristic of the Okehampton Park farmsteads. The field has evidently been improved in the past, and there is no above ground trace of buildings.

Wessex Archaeology, 2001, Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey, 10, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV360511.

Medieval settlement due north of the Okehampton Camp observed by aerial photography.

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.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report, 71-2 (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Sub-rectangular enclosure (55.5 meters north-east to south-west by 38.0 meters) containing one building and several smaller plots lies centred on a spring midway between sites 53 and 54. The site is open to the north-west and probably originally lay in a slight hollow, the sides of which have since been enhanced by7 ploughing.
The building is orientated north to south and is poorly preserved with spread turf-covered walls (maximum 0.25 meters high). It appears to have been two-roomed in plan. The upper (southern) room measures 9.5 meters north to south by 3.5 meters and is separated from the lower room by a very slight scarp 0.15 meters high. The northern end of the building has been obscured or removed and dimensions are not discernable. No evidence found of a cross-passage.
The lower, northern end of the building is enclosed by a small sub-circular platform, 17.0 north-east to south-west by 13.0 meters. A possible entrance gap exists to the west of the building into this area, which was probably a yard or garden.
Two small, rectangular enclosures (8.0 by 11.0 meters lie at the south-western corner of the site. A potential third enclosure may have existed near the spring, linking the first two with the building.
The site lies a short distance from the main to west thoroughfare through the park. Other details: Site 112 Survey plan.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

Probable longhouse with remains of enclosures to the south-west.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215280Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 11,12.
SDV215281Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EL. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1,2.
SDV231896Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 1985. Medieval Settlement. Worksheet. Worksheet.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 71-2.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86896 ]
SDV360511Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2001. Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. 50171. A4 Comb Bound. 10, Appendix 1.

Associated Monuments

MDV4806Part of: Deserted Medieval Settlements, Sites 52-59, at Okehampton (Monument)
MDV2100Related to: Barrow east of Friendship Farm (Monument)
MDV14212Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 53a & b), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14218Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Linehan Site 54), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14211Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 52), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV21000Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 53c), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14213Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 55), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14214Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 56), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14215Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 57), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14216Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 58), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV14217Related to: Deserted Medieval Settlement (Site 59), Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV21001Related to: Hollow way, Okehampton Park (Monument)
MDV64026Related to: Okehampton Royal Artillery Training Camp (Monument)
MDV4808Related to: Site of a Chapel in Okehampton Park, Okehampton Hamlets (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8007 - Okehampton Camp Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Earthwork Survey (Ref: 50171.01)
  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Dec 6 2021 11:06AM