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HER Number:MDV31017
Name:Mortar emplacement on Blackslade Down

Summary

A circular military mortar emplacement on the east slope above Ruddycleave Water probably used for training during World War II. Not a hut circle as previously reported.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 736 747
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age coaxial field system around Pil Tor with remains of reaves, enclosures, hut circle settlements including Foales Arrishes, continuing south onto Blackslade Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/164/7
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SPIGOT MORTAR EMPLACEMENT (World War II - 1939 AD to 1945 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX7374, 2/296 (Aerial Photograph). SDV314947.


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

3/3/1983 Pit. Horse-shoe shaped bank surrounding small pit situated near a slight (3 metre) escarpment on the east bank of Ruddycleave Water. Bank is 0.25 metres high at either side, flat at east and east ends and approximately 1.6 metres wide. The central depression is approximately 3 metres wide by 0.5 metres deep and full of gorse. This site appears much more distinctive on the aerial photograph than it does on the ground.
10/3/1986 Ill-defined circular bank at SX 7366 7479, measures 10 paces in diameter and attached to reave aligned south-east by north-west, surrounds a depression 0.5 metres deep in the middle. No stones visible in bank. Too overgrown for accurate measurement.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Hut circle shown on 1985 map overlay.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Map object based on this source.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 56, Figure 18 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

A circular military mortar emplacement on the east slope above Ruddycleave Water. (SX73638 74771) Not a hut circle as previously reported. A military mortar emplacement probably used for training during World War II. Incorrect grid reference: should be 71771. Condition is stable. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV314947Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX7374. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/296.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 56, Figure 18.

Associated Monuments

MDV112762Related to: Military mortar pit on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV25215Related to: Parallel reaves on Blackslade Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2016 11:41AM