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HER Number:MDV34281
Name:Longhouse south of Pinchaford, Ilsington

Summary

Ruined medieval longhouse and associated features to the south of Pinchaford. The south wall is best preserved standing to a maximum of 0.7 metres high, but most of the walling survives to one stone high, this foundation layer being of large boulders.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 768 764
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pinchaford Longhouse to south of Pinchaford Farm circa 50 metres north-west of Moorcroft, Ilsington

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/202
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Early Medieval to XVI - 1066 AD to 1540 AD (Between))

Full description

Everett, C., 1988, Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features, HD59 (i) & (ii), Map 5 (Report - Survey). SDV359684.

Building possibly of 19th century with a building platform to the west.


Everett, A. W., 1988, Medieval Longhouse south of Pinchaford Moorgate (Worksheet). SDV345597.

Building south of Pinchaford Moorgate. Orientation north-west to south-east along the contour. The south wall is best preserved standing to a maximum of 0.7 metres high, but most of the walling survives to one stone high, this foundation layer being of large boulders. Tare and feather marks in the long western wall indicate a post 1800 date for the building, but the surrounding hillside has been widely stripped of granite, and the building may have been used as a further source of stone. There is a gap in the wall adjacent to the split edge of the worked boulder, so the building may be earlier. There is an entrance in the east wall and a possible entrance into the annexe to the south-east corner, which may have been a late addition. Measurements as follows: 15.5 metres by 5.8 metres and annex 4.5 metres by 3.7 metres.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 36, Site 5, Map 4 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Pinchaford longhouse lies on the open moor just outside the present field boundaries of Pinchaford farm. The rectangular foundations are 14 metres long by 5 metres wide and built diagonally across the slope with an entrance visible on the east side. There may have been at least one interior cross wall but this can no longer be seen. A pit outside the uphill end encroaches on the wall here. No fields have been found directly associated with the house, the settlers apparently not finding it necessary to enclose a newtake. The gate in the field wall immediately opposite leads to a path between two fields and may have been the original approach from Pinchaford.


Newman, P., 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon, 14, Figure 7 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

Medieval settlement at Pinchaford consisting of two buildings. The larger building to the west is a longhouse with a faint section of lynchet. The remains are badly overgrown and only visible when the bracken is down in winter.


Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Rectangular building shown on survey aligned north-east to south-west with a smaller building to the east and a linear feature between the two.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Pinchaford longhouse was consideredf for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004.


English Heritage, 2005, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

One large rectangular feature with a small rectangular feature to the east and a short linear feature between the two are shown.


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

Pinchaford longhouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 36, Site 5, Map 4.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345597Worksheet: Everett, A. W.. 1988. Medieval Longhouse south of Pinchaford Moorgate. Worksheet.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88259 ]
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 14, Figure 7.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Pinchaford Longhouse.
SDV359684Report - Survey: Everett, C.. 1988. Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features. HD59 (i) & (ii), Map 5.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV34189Related to: Platform east of Pinchaford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Feb 16 2018 4:30PM