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HER Number:MDV3474
Name:Fogou or Tinners Cache to south of Leathertor


A fogou is marked on the 1880s-1890s Ordnance Survey map to the south of Leathertor. Possibly a tinners cache.


Grid Reference:SX 567 697
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of a late 19th century (or earlier) fogou, or possible tinners' cache south-east of the Leathertor deserted medieval farmstead

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE6
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438510
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/151
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX56NE6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FOGOU (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • VEGETABLE STORE (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))
  • TINNERS CACHE (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1880 AD? (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Fogou marked to south of Leather Tor Farm.

Burnard, R., 1894, Dartmoor Pictorial Records. Plymouth, 66 (Monograph). SDV232119.

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

An artificial cave for the storage of potatoes can be seen at Leather Tor house.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, South West Water Authority Burrator Survey, No. 20 (Report - non-specific). SDV278356.

The field in which is is situated was known as clam meadow in 1894 (citing Burnard). Worth states that this is a potato cave. Possibly a tinners cache. The vegetation was cleared 1977

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56NE6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV250115.

(29/08/1980) The potato store lies on a south-east slope at 255m. OD. and now appears as an elongated mound of rubbish 16m by 7m at its maximum and up to 1.6m high (see ground photograph). Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

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

Not visible on RAF 1946 vertical photos.

Snell, R., 1986, Green Lanes in Devon Project (Un-published). SDV8442.

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

Considered under the monument protection programme, but it does not survive well compared to others in the vicinity. Not recommended for scheduling.

Wakeham, C., 2007, Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon, 21 (Report - Survey). SDV349994.

Opening about 0.4 high by 0.8 wide, extending about 3.0 metres into the slope. Interior stone-lined. Note that Wakeham gives the NGR for this particular feature as SX56737 69824 which is to the north but describes it as being dug into an old meadow of West Leathertor.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 417.
SDV232119Monograph: Burnard, R.. 1894. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. Plymouth. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. Plymouth. IV. Unknown. 66.
SDV250115Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56NE6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV278356Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. South West Water Authority Burrator Survey. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. 18. Unknown. No. 20.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349994Report - Survey: Wakeham, C.. 2007. Survey and report on the ruined farmstead at Leathertor, Walkhampton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 07.06. A4 Comb Bound. 21.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88374 ]
SDV8442Un-published: Snell, R.. 1986. Green Lanes in Devon Project. Green Lanes in Devon Project. Not applicable. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 21 2021 3:44PM