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HER Number:MDV52660
Name:Enclosure 320 metres south-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House, Shaugh Prior

Summary

A square, terraced enclosure 300 metres south-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House. It measures 16 metres north-east to south-west by 15.5 metres internally and is enclosed by banks 2.5 metres wide and 0.8 metres high on the south-east and north-west sides. Stony scarps up to 0.6 metres high form the north-east and south-west edges. The interior is flat with no trace of contemporary structures and there is no evidence to suggest the position of an original entrance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 570 646
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 101
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/325
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/495
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232
  • Pastscape: 439390

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Post Medieval - 2200 BC to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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


Price, D. G., 1977, Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren (Article in Serial). SDV150433.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56SE101 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV143226.

Visited 17/7/1977 There is an enclosure on a slight south-west slope in Trowlesworthy Warren. It is at 280 metres Ordnance Datum and oriented with the slope. Internally it is 18 metres by 14 metres with a perimeter bank of compacted small stones 4.0 metres wide overall and 0.5 metres high. The north-east upper side has been cut back to a depth of 0.6 metres and then banked and the interior levelled so that it reaches the top of the south-west lower side. Only on the east side are there some signs of double orthostatic walling but these stones barely protrude above the infill and spread.
There is no evidence of internal occupation but a leat has been cut through the feature from the north-west to the south-east corners.
The original entrance may have been in the south-east. Although the enclosure is adjacent to the newtakes of Trowlesworthy House its size and construction suggest a prehistoric origin. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not recorded on aerial photograph.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140648 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 4th April 1995. Simple enclosure at SX57056463 survives as a 17 metre by 13 metre area defined by a 4 metre wide by 0.4 metre high rubble bank. The southern circuit is connected to a length of rubble wall 1.7 metres wide by up to 0.5 metres high which may be part of a Prehistoric field system. A small clearance cairn 4 metres by 2 metres by 0.5 metres high stands a short distance to the south-east of the enclosure. An animal run cuts through the centre of the enclosure. Cartographic work by Price indicates a similar enclosure here before 1886. It is therefore possible that this enclosure is of historic date. It is also possibly a re-use of a Prehistoric enclosure in Post medieval period.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 156-8, Map 51, Figure 51.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Enclosure not recorded.


Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 41, 102 115 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Sub-rectangular area enclosed by widespread wall of turf-covered small stones. Bisected by a drain. Area enclosed measures 17 metres by 13 metres with a wall 3-6 metres wide by 0.4 metres high. Oriented north-east to south-west.


English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Feature shown on survey.


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

Feature visible on aerial photograph.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Sub-circular 'Enclosure' shown on modern mapping.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 439390, SX56SE101 (Website). SDV362732.

Visited 26/02/2001. Centred SX 57056464. A square, terraced enclosure 300 metres south-east of Trowlesworthy Warren House. It measures 16 metres north-east to south-west by 15.5 metres internally and is enclosed by banks 2.5 metres wide and 0.8 metres high on the south-east and north-west sides. Stony scarps up to 0.6 metres high form the north-east and south-west edges. The interior is flat with no trace of contemporary structures and there is no evidence to suggest the position of an original entrance.
This feature is bisected by one of several drainage channels that cut across the gentle south-west facing slope (citing Probert, S. A. J., 26/02/2001, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 156-8, Map 51, Figure 51.1.
SDV143226Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56SE101. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 41, 102 115.
SDV150433Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1977. Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 109.
SDV165949Cartographic: Haynes, R. G.. Map of Trowlesworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140648.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117748 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 439390, SX56SE101.

Associated Monuments

MDV52602Related to: Field, Trowlesworthy Warren Farm (Monument)
MDV14148Related to: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Aug 30 2019 2:56PM