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HER Number:MDV30656
Name:Linear feature south of Pudsham Down


Curved bank approximately 1 metre high on the lower side running north-east by south-west from the road under Pudsham Down for about 100 metres


Grid Reference:SX 732 745
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of a Bronze Age reave system fossilised in the fields west of Ruddycleave; part of a wider system that preserves potential links to nearby prehistoric reave systems

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/266
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • WALL (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Shown on the mid 19th century Tithe Map as a double dotted line outlining a long oval area with single line curving to the road to the north.

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

Linear feature shown on 19th century map running circa 100 metres south-east from the road.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Visible on the aerial photograph, this feature does indeed look like a wall. Although it can only be traced clearly to a point in the middle of the field, a vague line appears to lead southwards, connecting it to the southern boundary of the field.

Unknown, 1958, Buckland Court Estate Sale Catalogue (Record Office Collection). SDV314955.

An estate map shows the feature as a wall 3/4 way across a field.

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

Site visited on 27th October 1984. Curved bank approximately 1 metre high on the lower side running north-east to south-west from the road under Pudsham Down for about 100 metres.The owner thinks it was a wall, but it does not continue as far as the south hedge. Owner thinks a pile of stones and hollow just below this bank may be a house site, but it is completely covered in brambles and no identification was possible. There is a very ancient looking wall in poor condition at the bottom of this field following (or being followed by) the line of a leat. Saxon block wall? (Ruddycleave farm was a Saxon holding). Most other boundaries on farm are walled hedge banks, except for some stone clearance walls ie that running north-east from farmhouse. Many slotted gateposts in situ, but out of use.

Belsey, P. M., 1987, Pudsham Down Wall (Personal Comment). SDV314957.

Site visited on 30th May 1987. Field walk: field ploughed after 30 years, bank composed of small rubble and definitely does not cover more than 3/4 field. Pit still not identified one flint flake and 1/2 ox shoe found.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Pudsham Down 3 (Un-published). SDV352501.

Pudsham Down 3 deserted settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV314955Record Office Collection: Unknown. 1958. Buckland Court Estate Sale Catalogue.
SDV314957Personal Comment: Belsey, P. M.. 1987. Pudsham Down Wall.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86948 ]
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Pudsham Down 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV8001Related to: Longhouse on Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV30625Related to: Possible longhouse at Blackslade Water (Building)
MDV112769Related to: Rectangular building foundations on Pudsham Down (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2021 10:46AM