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HER Number:MDV54537
Name:Medieval or later field system on Shovel Down


Field boundary on the east and north flanks of Shovel Down. This feature generally consists of a cornditch type bank up to 1.8 metres wide and 0.75 metres high often with a ditch on its south or west sides.


Grid Reference:SX 655 861
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 116
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/276
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/309
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 889291

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

A boundary is visible on the National Monuments Records aerial photography running north-west to south-east from SX65258635 to SX65568575 and parallel to boundaries west and east.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143952, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Field system centred on SX65928593.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

Vis=16/8/1991 (rchme) a boundary work situated on the e and n flanks of shovel down. This feature generally consists of a cornditch type bank up to 1.8m wide and 0.75m high often with a ditch on its s or w sides.
Originating in the streamworks at batworthy corner it runs s towards the stone rows as one side of the sunken trackway and cuts row c at a point s of the fourfold circle. From the crest of shovel down it is visible as a typical cornditch though with only a very shallow ditch until sx65598573. It then turns sharply nnw and plunges down the n flank of shovel down soon becoming a well defined channel 1.5m wide and about 0.6m deep with a slight bank on the e side. At sx65308621 it assumes its cornditch appearance and runs to sx65198662 where it is lost in the riverside marsh. Between sx65328616 and sx65308621 2 banks on slightly differing alignments are visible possibly indicating a later recutting. This feature is demonstrably later than the parallel reave system which it cuts through and totally ignores. It is likely to represent an attempt at increasing the area or defining the boundary of batworthy and probably dates to the medieval or later periods. Two massive blocks are situated 4m e of this feature at sx65278635. They may have been earlier markers of this boundary. There is no evidence for contemporary sub-division within the area enclosed by this feature and the current w wall of batworthy farm (probert).
Des=probert, s. A. J. /(16/8/1991)/rchme field investigation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143952, 1997.
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.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV54541Related to: Corn ditch on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV54533Related to: Hut circle on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV54534Related to: Possible boundary markers on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV58308Related to: Prehistoric field system on Shovel Down-part of MDV29124? (Monument)
MDV14877Related to: 'Reave' on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV6115Related to: Reave system on Chagford Common and around Thornworthy Tor (Monument)
MDV13013Related to: Thornworthy Tor field system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2021 10:08AM