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HER Number:MDV3173
Name:Beacon at High Willhays


Possible structure at High Willhays described by Page in 1895 as being like a 'low, round tower', although he later describes it as a fire beacon. Crossing (1912) does not agree.


Grid Reference:SX 580 891
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XVIII to Mid 20th Century - 1750 AD to 1950 AD (Between))
  • (Former Type) TOWER? (XVIII to Mid 20th Century - 1751 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

DARTMOOR,P.68, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254468.

High Willhays, 621 metres above sea level. J. W. L. Page (Dartmoor, p68) says that south of Yes Tor at High Willhays, is an object like a low round tower. Later he refers to it as "the prominent fire beacon", but Crossing (p61) believes that the tower is the work of the Ordnance Survey people.

Page, J. L. W., 1895, An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities, with some account of its borders, with some account of its borders, 68 (Monograph). SDV344985.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV320981.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 278, Appendix A (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV254468Migrated Record: DARTMOOR,P.68.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 278, Appendix A.
SDV344985Monograph: Page, J. L. W.. 1895. An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities, with some account of its borders, with some account of its borders. An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities. Unknown. 68.

Associated Monuments

MDV4816Related to: Beacon east of West Mill Tor (Monument)
MDV64246Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV9508Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Bridford (Monument)
MDV8474Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Cheriton Bishop (Monument)
MDV13811Related to: BEACON in the Parish of Hennock (Monument)
MDV6883Related to: BEACON in the Parish of South Tawton (Monument)
MDV6152Related to: Beacon on Meldon Hill (Monument)
MDV7977Related to: Buckland Beacon (Monument)
MDV13169Related to: Butterdon Hill Beacon (Monument)
MDV7823Related to: Medieval fire beacon, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV2387Related to: Rowber Beacon, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV2388Related to: Shaugh Beacon (Monument)
MDV7956Related to: Site of a Beacon on Brent Hill, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2021 1:08PM