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HER Number:MDV6023
Name:Dinna Clerks Deserted Medieval Settlement, Widecombe in the Moor oor


A medieval farmhouse in the north-east corner of a later enclosure known as Dinna Clerks.


Grid Reference:SX 692 751
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/43
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NE40
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (XIII to XIV - 1201 AD to 1400 AD (Between))

Full description

Unknown, 1843, Widecombe in the Moor (Cartographic). SDV290272.

Field named as Dinna Clerk (plot 1609) on 1843 Tithe Map and Apportionment.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F43.0184 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

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

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124-5, Site 95 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

No associated crofts or gardens have been found.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 32 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visit 13th May 1966. Longhouse, 14.63 metres by 3.66 metres. Probably cross passage with a short wall projecting from the upper north corner and a protective all running from the north doorway to the end of the house. Visible field b oundaries on open moor.

Minter, E. M., 1972 - 1973, Eleven Years of Archaeological Work on Dartmoor, 120 (Article in Serial). SDV307263.

Excavations in 1966 revealed a three-roomed longhouse with a single period of occupation. A date of the late 13th or early 14th century is suggested by finds of pottery and a worn coin of circa 1253-1260.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6875/2, 150-156 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282314.

Longhouse attached to a field boundary and represented by an area of bushes visible on aerial photograph.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Site visit 13th July 1979. Site of former longhouse in north-east corner. Remains have been excavated and fenced off. Faces south.

Beresford, G., 1979, Three Deserted Medieval Settlements on Dartmoor: a Report on the Late E. Marie Minter's Excavations (Article in Serial). SDV307264.

The 13th century stone longhouse overlies the remains of two superimposed turf walled buildings, first occupied circa 1200.

Austin, D., 1985, Dartmoor and the Upland Village of the South West (Article in Monograph). SDV217979.

Austin discusses Beresford's report and casts doubt on the interpretation of stakeholes and turf walls. The site is also discussed in the context of similar south-western sites.

Gerrard, S., 2002, Dinna Clerks (Un-published). SDV288227.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but not recommended for scheduling.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Dinna Clerks (Un-published). SDV352501.

Blackaton derserted Medieval farmstead.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX67NE40 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV288218.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 32.
SDV217979Article in Monograph: Austin, D.. 1985. Dartmoor and the Upland Village of the South West. Medieval Villages. 5. Unknown.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F43.0184.
SDV282314Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6875/2. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 150-156.
SDV288218Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX67NE40. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV288227Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2002. Dinna Clerks. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. Unknown.
SDV290272Cartographic: Unknown. 1843. Widecombe in the Moor. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124-5, Site 95.
SDV307263Article in Serial: Minter, E. M.. 1972 - 1973. Eleven Years of Archaeological Work on Dartmoor. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 16. Unknown. 120.
SDV307264Article in Serial: Beresford, G.. 1979. Three Deserted Medieval Settlements on Dartmoor: a Report on the Late E. Marie Minter's Excavations. Medieval Archaeology. 23. Unknown.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96542 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Dinna Clerks.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV12958Related to: Stone tool found at Dinna Clerks (Find Spot)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5882 - SHERD (XIII to XIV - 1250 AD to 1350 AD)
  • FDV5883 - COIN (XIII - 1253 AD to 1260 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV7559 - Excavation of Dinna Clerks medieval site

Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2018 4:10PM