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HER Number:MDV34228
Name:Potato Cave at Routrundle Farm, Walkhampton


Possible potato cave or butterwell in Routrundle farmyard of unknown date


Grid Reference:SX 554 717
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/38/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUTTER WELL (Unknown date)
  • HULL (Unknown date)

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 417 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Potato cave in farmyard.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling because the associated settlement is not considered to be of national importance.

Griffiths, D. M., 22/06/1987, Cave (Worksheet). SDV269610.

Site visits April and May 1987. Potato cave at Routrundle Farm. The mouth of the cave collapsed over the winter of 1986-7. It was repaired by Dartmoor National Park Authority. Granite lintels were added to prevent further erosion and the drystone jambs were rebuilt. Removal of the rubbish in the cave revealed granite steps leading down into the cave itself. The cave appears to be frequently water-logged and may have even contained a spring. This casts doubt on its interpretation as a potato cave. Was it perhaps a butter well?

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 417.
SDV269610Worksheet: Griffiths, D. M.. 22/06/1987. Cave. Digital. [Mapped feature: #19701 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12827Related to: Routrundle Farmstead, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 12 2016 12:45PM