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HER Number:MDV41801
Name:Forcewell, Hartland

Summary

Forcewell is first recorded as Fosfelle in 1299. However, the name appears to be a compound of the Celtic word for ditch and the Old English field (voss-field). This may be purely descriptive but may indicate the site of an early enclosed settlement.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 263 236
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SE/57

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLEMENT (Roman to Saxon - 43 AD? to 1065 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

Forcewell marked.


Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 73 (Monograph). SDV1312.


Pearce, S. M., 1985, The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part), 266 (Article in Serial). SDV336495.

"Forcewell" seems to be a compound of the Celtic "ditch" and Old English "field" ("Voss-Feld"), which may be purely descriptive, or may suggest an early enclosed settlement.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 89 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Name "Forcewell" seems to be a compound of the Celtic "ditch" and OE "field" ("voss-feld"), which may be purely descriptive, or may suggest an early enclosed settlement. The settlement is first recorded, as Fosfelle, in 1299.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 73.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336495Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1985. The Early Church in the Landscape: The Evidence from North Devon (part). Archaeological Journal. 142. A4 Stapled + Digital. 266.
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 89. [Mapped feature: #24854 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 22 2015 10:45AM