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HER Number:MDV3246
Name:Stone Staircase beneath Nicholls Hall


Site of a stone staircase exposed during excavations for the foundations of Nicholls Hall


Grid Reference:SX 511 849
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/90

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STAIRCASE (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Whitton, C. J. M., 2001, Archaeological Recording at Nicholls Hall, Lydford (Report - Watching Brief). SDV266544.

Higgins, G., 2001, Nichols Hall (Personal Comment). SDV215081.

When he was digging the foundations for the Nicholl Hall he came across a stone staircase with steps 457 millimetres wide. It extended for about 4.572 metres along the side of where the hall now stands and went down for a depth of 3.048 metres. It did not stop at this depth but that was the extent of the trench. A probe with an iron bar proved that the steps continued for at least another 1.524 metres. The steps were of granite and local stone. All the earth which was removed was 'made-up earth'.

Exeter Archaeology, 2008, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford, 9 (Report - Assessment). SDV351460.

Steps of granite and local stone reported to have been found during excavation of the foundations for Nicholls Hall. The steps extended 1.5 metres below the foundation level.

National Monuments Record, 2013, 440671 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV233012.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215081Personal Comment: Higgins, G.. 2001. Nichols Hall.
SDV233012National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2013. 440671. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV266544Report - Watching Brief: Whitton, C. J. M.. 2001. Archaeological Recording at Nicholls Hall, Lydford. Exeter Archaeology. 01.32. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV351460Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2008. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford. Exeter Archaeology. 08.31 (6475). A4 Grip Bound. 9.

Associated Monuments

MDV65744Related to: Nicholls Hall, Lydford (Monument)
MDV104613Related to: Wall excavated at 'Clearview' in Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6171 - Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Sewage Treatment Works at Lydford (Ref: 08.31)

Date Last Edited:Apr 15 2014 3:44PM