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HER Number:MDV6009
Name:Cator Pound, Widecombe

Summary

Cator pound, widecombe. In his survey of widecombe made about 1750, dean milles describes 'a very considerable circle of stones on the n part of the western down on a farm called cator and on an eminence called whitehill'; he gives the diameter as 58 paces and says it consisted 'chiefly of large stones mowst of which rise about 4 feet above ye ground. This circle consists now of about 30 stones but there are spaces where several more stood, half the number are fallen; the rest are either erect or on their sides'. Vis=estimated -/-/1963 (french & linehan) examination of this site shows that the 'circle' is probably a ruined pound. There is an apparent entrance at its sw side from which a drift way leads towards the walla brook and the forest. A substantial reave runs at right angles from the drift way and forms the w side of the pound. The pound lies just n of the road from ponsworthy to bellever. Vis=4/4/1977 (greeves) remains of substantial prehistoric enclosure with probable remains of hut circle in centre. Evidence of double wall. Many of the surviving stones are very large. Smaller ones probably removed for wall building. W side of enclosure is incorporated into possible medieval boundary wall. Stones from enclosure probably incorporated in latter. The enclosure has definitely been 'cut' by the more recent wall (sketch on worksheet). Vis=incorporated into field boundary and containing ridge and furrow. Visible on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 673 776
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE38
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442486
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV288679.

Cator pound, widecombe. In his survey of widecombe made about 1750, dean milles describes 'a very considerable circle of stones on the n part of the western down on a farm called cator and on an eminence called whitehill'; he gives the diameter as 58 paces and says it consisted 'chiefly of large stones mowst of which rise about 4 feet above ye ground. This circle consists now of about 30 stones but there are spaces where several more stood, half the number are fallen; the rest are either erect or on their sides'.
Vis=4/4/1977 (greeves) remains of substantial prehistoric enclosure with probable remains of hut circle in centre. Evidence of double wall. Many of the surviving stones are very large. Smaller ones probably removed for wall building. W side of enclosure is incorporated into possible medieval boundary wall. Stones from enclosure probably incorporated in latter. The enclosure has definitely been 'cut' by the more recent wall (sketch on worksheet).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288680.

Des=worksheet 4/4/1977.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288681.

Aph=3042.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288683.

Aph=raf f62 58 6399 024-25 2 july 1964.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288684.

Osa=sx67ne38.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV288685.

Aph=nmr sx6777/2/422-424(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV288686.

Dcra widecombe survey/(1979)vol v 964.

French, H. + Linehan, C. D., 1963, Abandoned Medieval Sites in Widecombe in the Moor, 173-4 (Article in Serial). SDV345196.

Remains of a possibly prehistoric pound consisting of thirty stones. It was described by Dean Milles in 1750 as a circle of stones with a diameter of 58 paces.
(Estimated 1963) Examination of this site shows that the 'circle' is probably a ruined pound. There is an apparent entrance at its south-western side from which a drift way leads towards the Walla Brook and the forest. A substantial reave runs at right angles from the drift way and forms the west side of the pound. The pound lies just north of the road from Ponsworthy to Bellever.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 521-2 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Dean Milles (2) described Caton Pound as: "A very considerable circle of stones ... on an eminence called Whitehill; chiefly of large stones, most of which rise about four feet above ye ground. This circle consists now of about 30 stones, but there are spaces where several more stood. Half the number are fallen, the rest are either erect or on their sides. There is evidently an entrance on ye north side".

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

Incorporated into field boundary and containing ridge and furrow. Visible on 1977 NMR aerial photograph.

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

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 521-2.
SDV288679Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV288680Migrated Record:
SDV288681Aerial Photograph:
SDV288683Aerial Photograph:
SDV288684Migrated Record:
SDV288685Aerial Photograph:
SDV288686Migrated Record:
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.
SDV345196Article in Serial: French, H. + Linehan, C. D.. 1963. Abandoned Medieval Sites in Widecombe in the Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 95. A5 Hardback. 173-4.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96524 ]
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV26233Related to: Field system on Cator Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2022 4:58PM