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HER Number:MDV3379
Name:Deserted Medieval Site east of Smallcombe Wood


Possible deserted Medieval site to the east of Smallcombe Wood in farmland belonging to Yeo Farm. Visible on aerial photographs but not depicted on any maps. Known as 'Deals'.


Grid Reference:SX 557 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE196
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439048
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/82

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Not depicted on the Sheepstor Tithe Map but is mentioned in the Apportionment in number 322 (a pasture field belonging to Yeo Farm) as ‘Deals’.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 29, plan (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 25th August 1966. A farm mentioned on the Tithe map of 1842 in a field of Yeo Farm known as 'Deals'. The scanty remains of one small building may perhaps be all that remains of this farm, with a small level enclosure in front of it. This field has considerable remains of old walls and piles of stones, all now turfed over.

West Air Photography, 1975, BT1714, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV244690.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE196, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232076.

(15/09/1980) At SX 55766710 on a west slope at 276 metres ordnance datum within a modern field are the remains of Deals farmstead. There is now only one round-cornered rectangular building measuring 7.7 metres by 3.0 metres internally with drystone rubble walling 0.8 metres wide and 0.4 metres high.
Associated field system surrounds farm. The continuance beneath modern field walls suggests a pre-enclosure origin, possibly Medieval, for the fields and the building which though not a longhouse, may be an ancillary structure.
Building surveyed at 1:2500.

National Monument Record, 1983, SF2152, 35,36,37 (Aerial Photograph). SDV232075.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Recorded in project.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme in 2002 but not recommended for scheduling.

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

Visible on the aerial photography and matches the 1966 plan provided by Haynes.

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

Possible deserted frmstead.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 29, plan.
SDV232075Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1983. SF2152. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 35,36,37.
SDV232076Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE196. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Plan.
SDV244690Aerial Photograph: West Air Photography. 1975. BT1714. West Air Photography. Unknown. 1.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88082 ]
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. Deals.

Associated Monuments

MDV25268Related to: Field system east of Smallcombe Wood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 13 2021 3:18PM