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HER Number:MDV3067
Name:Cuckoo Ball prehistoric field system

Summary

Cuckoo ball field system. In the newtake on cuckoo ball, bordering on the open moor, there are the remains of a complex field system. In the middle of the newtake, north to south, there is a reave like wall with many large stones standing and spread to a width of about 3m. At the south it does not reach the wall of the present field system of blackaton farm, but begins about 15m from this wall and is contiguous with another reave like bank running east-west from the lud brook to the stone wall at the west side of cuckoo ball newtake. About halfway along the north-south reave there is a gap 4m wide, with a stone set across it as if to form a gate. This stone is 1m high, 1 1/2m long, 300mm thick, and is above a slight depression which leads down to the lud brook. This long reave becomes less prominent towards the north, until only the surface of the stones can be seen. In the north newtake wall, in direct line with the reave, there is set a 'pillar stone', 1m high by 300mm by 350mm, with a tare and feather embedded in it. It has the appearance of a boundary stone. The east lateral reave is 2-2.5m wide, bracken covered, height 1.5m. In the east it ends at the lud brook, opposite a little wood. The west lateral branch ends at the newtake wall on the west; it is about 1m high, 350mm wide, with what appears to be a gate 450m wide about halfway to the wall. There are many large stones with dimension at least 1m. About halfway along the north-south reave there is another lateral reave to the west. This is short but has large stones; on the north side of this reave, near the north-south reave, there is an enclosure, sx65ne/289 (checklist).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 660 580
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric field system, comprising reaves and an enclosure on Cuckoo Ball

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/152
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Late Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 3000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

CHECKLIST, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137149.

Cuckoo ball field system. In the newtake on cuckoo ball, bordering on the open moor, there are the remains of a complex field system. In the middle of the newtake, north to south, there is a reave like wall with many large stones standing and spread to a width of about 3m. At the south it does not reach the wall of the present field system of blackaton farm, but begins about 15m from this wall and is contiguous with another reave like bank running east-west from the lud brook to the stone wall at the west side of cuckoo ball newtake. About halfway along the north-south reave there is a gap 4m wide, with a stone set across it as if to form a gate. This stone is 1m high, 1 1/2m long, 300mm thick, and is above a slight depression which leads down to the lud brook. This long reave becomes less prominent towards the north, until only the surface of the stones can be seen. In the north newtake wall, in direct line with the reave, there is set a 'pillar stone', 1m high by 300mm by 350mm, with a tare and feather embedded in it. It has the appearance of a boundary stone. The east lateral reave is 2-2.5m wide, bracken covered, height 1.5m. In the east it ends at the lud brook, opposite a little wood. The west lateral branch ends at the newtake wall on the west; it is about 1m high, 350mm wide, with what appears to be a gate 450m wide about halfway to the wall. There are many large stones with dimension at least 1m. About halfway along the north-south reave there is another lateral reave to the west. This is short but has large stones; on the north side of this reave, near the north-south reave, there is an enclosure, sx65ne/289 (checklist).


RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160566.

West-east reave extends from sx66005789 to sx66275700 - may extend onto moor. North-south reave extends from sx66085817 to sx66145794 where it meets the west-east reave. The lateral reave from the north-south reave westwards extends from sx66105710 to sx65975750. Visible on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV160567.

Aph=nmr sx6658/2/374(20/5/1977).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160568.

Des=ugborough checklist.


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

Reaves visible on the aerial photography.


Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, Map 53, 7 (Monograph). SDV337765.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object partly based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137149Migrated Record: CHECKLIST.
SDV160566Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV160567Aerial Photograph:
SDV160568Migrated Record:
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. Map 53, 7.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86950 ]
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV25005Related to: Enclosure on Cuckoo Ball (Monument)
MDV103643Related to: Enclosure with hut circles west of Cuckoo Ball (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 1:19PM