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HER Number:MDV383
Name:Castle Field Names, Westacott Road , Barnstaple


Castle field names recorded on the Landkey Tithe Map and Apportionment may refer to a former defensive earthwork in the vicinity. The site is now a housing estate.


Grid Reference:SS 581 324
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLANDKEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Map object based on this source.

Unknown, 1841, Landkey (Cartographic). SDV71429.

Fields named Higher Castle Park (743) and Lower Castle Park (744) on Tithe Map and Apportionment.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

No evidence of crop mark area as referred to by the Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology on Royal Air Force aerial photograph. The area, however, crosses a former field boundary and it may relate to this. Other linear crop marks showing in the two adjoining fields appear to be former boundaries as shown on the Tithe Map.

Balkwill, C. J., 1976, Barnstaple By-Pass, No 2 (Report - Survey). SDV71430.

Now one field. The site is an unlikely one for a defensive earthwork although a hillslope enclosure is possible.

Thorpe, J. E., 1977, Features near Westacott Farm (Worksheet). SDV74415.

Features shown on map. Map object based on this source.

Griffiths, D. M., 1984, Castle Park (Personal Comment). SDV71432.

Site visit 4th July 1984. There is now a housing estate on the site, just completed at time of site visit.

Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, Unknown, Development File No. 19 (Report - non-specific). SDV70860.

Site visit 16th December 1977. Area of undefined cropmarks noted in field due for development.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV70860Report - non-specific: Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology. Unknown. Development File No. 19. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Development File. Unknown.
SDV71429Cartographic: Unknown. 1841. Landkey. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV71430Report - Survey: Balkwill, C. J.. 1976. Barnstaple By-Pass. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Rural Survey. Unknown. No 2.
SDV71432Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. 1984. Castle Park. Not Applicable.
SDV74415Worksheet: Thorpe, J. E.. 1977. Features near Westacott Farm. Worksheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV4485Related to: Ridge and Furrow, Westacott Road, Barnstaple (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2021 10:35AM