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HER Number:MDV55302
Name:Pillow mound at Trowlesworthy Warren

Summary

This pillow mound survives as an 11.5m long, 4.5m wide and 1m high, flat- topped, oblong shaped mound of soil and stone surrounded on three sides by the 1.5m wide and 0.2m deep ditch from which material was quarried during its construction.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 573 647
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/25
  • Old SAM Ref: 22214(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Vis=4/4/1995 (gerrard) pillow mound forming part of trowlesworthy warren. Survives as an 11.5m by 4.5m by 1m high, flat topped, oblong mound of soil and stone surrounded on 3 sides by the 1.5m wide and 0.2m deep ditch from which construction material was quarried (mpp).


Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV174415.

Nar=sx56se66.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174416.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/(1990)431.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174417.

Robertson, j. G. /the archaeology of the upper plym valley/(1991)254-6/unpun phd thesis; edinburgh.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174418.

Thackray, c.(ed)/the upper plym valley: the management of an historic landscape/(1994)89/102.372.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174419.

Des=mpp/140339.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.


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

This monument includes a pillow mound situated on the gentle south west facing upper slope of Little Trowlesworthy Tor overlooking the valley of the Blacka Brook. This mound forms part of Trowlesworthy Warren, which includes around 64 pillow mounds and 40 vermin traps scattered along the slopes of Little and Great Trowlesworthy Tors. The boundaries of the warren are denoted by the River Plym, Spanish Lake and Blacka Brook. Trowlesworthy Warren is generally accepted as the oldest surviving warren on Dartmoor, although recently doubt has been expressed concerning its medieval origins. However, it is known that the warren existed by 1651 when it was occupied by John Hamblin, a skinner from Plymouth. The warren appears to have remained in constant use from this time until the first half of the 20th century. This pillow mound survives as an 11.5m long, 4.5m wide and 1m high, flat- topped, oblong shaped mound of soil and stone surrounded on three sides by the 1.5m wide and 0.2m deep ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. Other archaeological features surviving within the vicinity of this monument are the subject of separate schedulings. This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV174415National Monuments Record Database:
SDV174416Migrated Record:
SDV174417Migrated Record:
SDV174418Migrated Record:
SDV174419Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95195 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:May 12 2015 3:18PM