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HER Number:MDV5108
Name:Shelter on south side of Erme Pound, Harford


Rectangular building with stone seats which served as a shelter for cattle drovers when Erme Pound was in use


Grid Reference:SX 637 656
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/29/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Small rectangular building set against the outside of the southern boundary of 'Erme Pound'.

Rowe, S., 1896, A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor, 306 (Monograph). SDV249697.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 399 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 476 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 18th October 1978. A small rectangular structure 6.7 metres by 3.6 metres with walls circa 1 metre high and the east side is open forming an entrance. A stone seat or bench 0.6 metres by 0.4 metres is carried round all three walled sides. Another building nearby of which there is now only a wall , had a 'gable' standing in Crossings time. Now 1.35m high, width (the interior width of the building) 3.1m. The length of the building is c.6m, meeting the west wall of erme pound. A passage like wall, 1.3m high, extends outwards from the south side entrance.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 73, Map 55. Figure 55.6 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Rectangular building shown as 'tinners hut?'.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Feature visible on Lidar data.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figures 12 & 32 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined, roofless, rectangular stone building attached the southern exterior of Erme Pound. The well-built structure has drystone granite walls of up to 0.1 metre thick in places by 1 metre high. The interior dimensions are 6 metres by 2.7m. The 0.8 metre wide entrance opening is on the east side. A short external wall protected the entrance from the weather. The construction and occupation dates are not known but it is likely to have been associated with the use of Erme Pound for impounding stray cattle, which is known to have been occurring at least by 1586 and continued into the 18th century.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 441629, SX66NW25 (Website). SDV362732.

Rectangular building 'B' at SX63746561 measures 5.5 metres by 3.5 metres and has a rounded south-west wall and bench seats.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV249697Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1896. A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Unknown. 306.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 399.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 476.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 73, Map 55. Figure 55.6.
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93880 ]
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441629, SX66NW25.

Associated Monuments

MDV5110Related to: Erme Pound northern Enclosure 'C' , Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 12:57PM