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HER Number:MDV55479
Name:GUN EMPLACEMENT in the Parish of Shaugh Prior


Mortar emplacement survives as a 2.5m wide and 0.8m high bank of earth and stone surrounding a flat bottomed circular hollow measuring 6.6m in diameter and 0.5m deep. Built into a prehistoric hut circle.


Grid Reference:SX 592 661
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE315
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1405454
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/55/4
  • Old SAM Ref: 24230(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GUN EMPLACEMENT (XIX to Late 20th Century - 1900 AD to 1975 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV157440.

Greeves, t. /the archaeology of dartmoor from the air/(1985)pl 3.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV157441.

Gerrard, s. /the dartmoor newsletter/11(1993)10/military mortar emplacements on dartmoor?.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV157443.

Thackray, c.(ed)/the upper plym valley: the management of an historic landscape/(1994)257-8/102.944.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140473, 03/05/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(SX 5927 6619) Mortar emplacement survives as a 2.5m wide and 0.8m high bank of earth and stone surrounding a flat bottomed circular hollow measuring 6.6m in diameter and 0.5m deep.
This structure has previously been described as a stone hut circle and is shown on the Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 map as such. The National Trust Upper Plym inventory describes this building as possibly a hut circle but does not give any further interpretative details beyond noting that the English Heritage central excavation unit suggested that it might have been associated with mining.
This structure is very similar in character to a large number visible on Mis Tor and Cox Tor. These have been identified as mortar emplacements in which a mortar was protected from incoming fire. It therefore seems likely that this structure may have served a similar function. At least three other similar structures survive within the vicinity of this example and it would therefore appear that this area was used for military training at some date. This is confirmed by the presence of large numbers of barbed wire entanglement stanchions scattered over the hillside. These would have been used to support barbed wire entanglements for training purposes.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

SX 594661. A number of structures associated with military training have been identified in the area around Shavercombe Tor, including trenches and a large number of barbed wire entanglement stanchions. A total of four mortar emplacements survive immediately west of the tor, visible as earth and stone banks surrounding a flat-bottomed circular hollow. Scheduled (09/05/2001).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157440Migrated Record:
SDV157441Migrated Record:
SDV157443Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140473, 03/05/1995.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55475Related to: Hut circle north-west of Shavercombe Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV55482Related to: Two mortar emplacements on line of the Phillips Leat, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 7 2021 12:49PM