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HER Number:MDV43230
Name:Field system on the west slope of Blackslade Down near Tunhill Rocks

Summary

Medieval field system, consisting of earth field banks, ditches and faint ridge and furrow on and around Blackslade Down and Tunhill Rocks. A deserted lane, or drift, comprising two approximately parallel earthen banks, leads up the hillside to the west.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 733 756
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age coaxial field system around Pil Tor with remains of reaves, enclosures, hut circle settlements including Foales Arrishes, continuing south onto Blackslade Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/366
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))
  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Fletcher, M. J., 1991, Blackslade Down features (Worksheet). SDV303118.

Field system south-east of Tunhill Rocks. Rectilinear plots with well defined double faced boulder/stone walls enclosing ridge and furrow. A medieval trackway skirts the southern side. Relationship with enclosure MDV7438 unclear.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on the aerial photography.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 16-17, 56, figure 11 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Earth field banks, ditches and faint ridge and furrow on and around Blackslade Down and Tunhill Rocks. A deserted lane, or drift, comprising two approximately parallel earthen banks, leads up the hillside to the west, opening into an area of enclosed fields bounded by earthen banks, some with external ditches. Prehistoric reaves were incorporated into the layout of these medieval fields, some of which contain the earthworks of ridge and furrow. The track can be traced intermittently through the fields, continuing down the western slope towards Blackslade.
Condition is mostly stable but some footpath erosion.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV303118Worksheet: Fletcher, M. J.. 1991. Blackslade Down features. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 16-17, 56, figure 11. [Mapped feature: #91645 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV103648Part of: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV113255Related to: Drift lane south-east of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV26807Related to: Enclosure attached to a reave south-west of Foale's Arrishes (Monument)
MDV26974Related to: Parallel reaves around Pil Tor (Monument)
MDV26975Related to: Parallel reaves around Whittaburrow (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 12 2019 10:01AM