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HER Number:MDV52642
Name:Pillow mound 530 metres east-north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House

Summary

Mound forming part of Trowlesworthy Warren. Survives as a 12 metre by 5.5 metre by 0.8 metre high, flat-topped rectangular mound of soil and stone surrounded by the 2.5 metre wide and 0.4 metre deep ditch from which construction material was quarried. Leading from west end of ditch is a 6.0 metre long, 0.8 metre wide, 0.15 metres deep gully which may have served as a vermin trap. The upper length of the mound partly overlies an earlier leat.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 572 648
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 66
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/84
  • Old SAM Ref: 24213(P)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., Map of Trowlesworthy Warren (Cartographic). SDV165949.


Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 431 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140370, 04/04/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Pillow mound at SX57296489. Mound forming part of Trowlesworthy Warren. Survives as a 12 metre by 5.5 metre by 0.8 metre high, flat-topped rectangular mound of soil and stone surrounded by the 2.5 metre wide and 0.4 metre deep ditch from which construction material was quarried.
Leading from west end of ditch is a 6.0 metre long, 0.8 metre wide, 0.15 metres deep gully which may have served as a vermin trap. The upper length of the mound partly overlies an earlier leat.


Robertson, J. G., 1991, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym, 254-6 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV166324.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, Page 35, number 102.099 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Sub-rectangular earthen mound surrounded by ditch on north, east and southern sides, 2.5 metres wide, 0.4 metres deep. Interrupts line of Trowlesworthy Pot-water Leat (MDV).
A bank, 5 metres long, 1 metre wide, 0.2 metres high, is situated transversely at the western end. 12 metres long, 5.5 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. Oriented east-south-east by west-north-west.


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

Probable pillow mound identifed on aerial photography.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

This pillow mound survives as a 12m long, 5.5m wide and 0.8m high, flat- topped, oblong shaped mound of soil and stone surrounded by the 2.5m wide and 0.4m deep ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. Leading from the western end of this ditch is a 6m long, 0.8m wide and 0.15m deep gully. Gullies such as this have traditionally been interpreted as drainage ditches, but they may also have served as preferred access routes for rabbits and vermin. Traps placed within these gullies could have been used to control both rabbit and vermin populations. The upper length of the pillow mound partly overlies an earlier leat which measures 1.6m wide and 0.5m deep. Material upcast during the construction of this leat forms a bank on its lower side and this measures 1m wide and 0.2m high. Where the leat survives beneath the mound and within 2m of the pillow mound ditch it is included in the scheduling. Other archaeological features surviving within the vicinity of this monument are the subjects of separate schedulings. This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165949Cartographic: Haynes, R. G.. Map of Trowlesworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. Page 35, number 102.099.
SDV166324Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1991. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym. 254-6.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140370, 04/04/1995.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 431.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94399 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV24933Related to: Lee Moor China Clay Leat (Monument)
MDV52640Related to: Trowlesworthy Pot-water Leat, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56880Related to: Two pillow mounds 640 metres east-north-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:May 16 2016 2:33PM