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HER Number:MDV34224
Name:Bank on Roborough Down


Roughly rectangular bank on Roborough Down, between the Devonport and Plymouth Leats. A third leat runs through this feature. Function unclear.


Grid Reference:SX 514 648
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of the World War II RAF Harrowbeer airfield, as well as medieval fields and farms, industrial tin working, sections of the Devonport and Plymouth Leats, and part of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Tramway on Roborough Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SW/272
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1750 AD? (Between))

Full description

Fairy Surveys Ltd, 1969, 6963/7/697, 29/07/1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV269622.

Bank is visible on the aerial photograph.

Griffiths, D. M., 1986, Worksheet for bank and leat on Roborough Down, 30/4/1986 (Worksheet). SDV20326.

Remains of bank running from road for approx 65 metres north-north-west of the road and turning through right angle to head east-north-east. Relationship to leat unclear. Aerial photographs suggest it may return back to the road at approx SX516650. Ditch visible on outside (i.e. west and north) of bank, which is approx 2.5 metres wide - rather spread.
Sketch plan included.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV20326Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 1986. Worksheet for bank and leat on Roborough Down. Worksheet. Digital. 30/4/1986.
SDV269622Aerial Photograph: Fairy Surveys Ltd. 1969. 6963/7/697. Fairy Surveys Ltd aerial photograph. Unknown. 29/07/1969. [Mapped feature: #88232 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV127259Part of: Field system on Roborough Down, Buckland Monachorum and Bickleigh (Monument)
MDV49015Related to: Extractive pits on Roborough Down (Monument)
MDV105293Related to: Leat on Roborough Down, Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV19108Related to: Plymouth Leat (Dartmoor section) (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2020 1:00PM