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HER Number:MDV41980
Name:Beacon on Motte on Blackdown Hill

Summary

Site of a beacon on the south-west side of the Medieval motte within the Iron Age hillfort

Location

Grid Reference:SX 719 520
Map Sheet:SX75SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLoddiswell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishLODDISWELL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 620848
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX75SW/5/2
  • Old SAM Ref: 24853
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX75SW12

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XVI to XVIII - 1600 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX75SW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346513.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/FW, 1-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147956.


Wilson-North, W. R. + Dunn, C. J., 1990, 'The Rings'. Loddiswell: A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 87-100 (Article in Serial). SDV346504.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1991, The Rings, Loddiswell (Report - Survey). SDV346497.

Beacon on Blackdown Hill. On the south-west side of the motte bank are the remains of a rectangular platform, 4.5 metres by 3.5 metres by 0.4 metres high, with a slightly hollowed interior. Corresponds with site of a beacon depicted by Chapple in 1752 and is either a beacon stance or the setting for a 'fire cage' on a vertical post. In 1988 a beacon was built somewhere on the ring motte as part of the armada celebrations.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997, Blackdown Rings Prehistoric Hillfort and Medieval Castle (Schedule Document). SDV346493.

Blackdown Rings Prehistoric hillfort and Medieval castle monument also includes a beacon. On the highest part of the ringwork there is a slightly wider area of level ground, about 4.5 metres by 3.5 metres in size. This is the site of a beacon shown on a plan of the earthwork dated to 1752. It is considered to have been a Pole Beacon consisting of an upright timber post set into the ground and braced with a timber framework, to support one or more iron cages holding the combustible material, probably gorse and pitch. Access to the cage or cages would have been by a permanent ladder. Other details: Monument 24853.


National Monuments Record, 2011, 620848 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346514.

The site of a beacon sited on part of the ringwork which is itself located within a Prehistoric hillfort. It is considered to have been a Pole Beacon consisting of an upright timber post set into the ground and braced with a timber framework, to support one or more iron cages holding the combustible material, probably gorse and pitch. The remains of the beacon is represented by a wide area of level ground, about 4.5 metres by 3.5 metres in size, situated on the highest part of the ringwork.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147956Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/FW. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-6.
SDV346493Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1997. Blackdown Rings Prehistoric Hillfort and Medieval Castle. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV346497Report - Survey: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1991. The Rings, Loddiswell. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Plan.
SDV346504Article in Serial: Wilson-North, W. R. + Dunn, C. J.. 1990. 'The Rings'. Loddiswell: A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 87-100.
SDV346513Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX75SW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346514National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 620848. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV7601Part of: Blackdown Rings (Monument)
MDV7602Part of: Motte and Bailey within Loddiswell Rings (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2011 1:57PM