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HER Number:MDV6416
Name:Medieval buildings south-west of Venford Reservoir, Holne

Summary

Two adjoining rectangular structures of medieval or later date lie on level ground immediately west of Venford Reservoir. Neither of these buildings resembles a longhouse and they may have functioned as ancillary structures for a longhouse lying some 50 metres to the south (see related record).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 682 706
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 75
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/36
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67SE75
  • Pastscape: 443078

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AGRICULTURAL BUILDING (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 10/04/1953, 540/1040, 0125 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351329.


Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, figure 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.


Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 50, 6/7/1967 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Slight remains of a small house and possible outbuildings amongst extensive enclosures. A sunken lane appears to have been the approach from the west. The enclosures extend for a considerable distance on either side of the valley now filled by the Venford Reservoir and would appear to justify far more than one small house.


Ordnance Survey, 1975, OS/75/298, 088 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346964.


National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 476-480 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Building at SX68237065 and further north incomplete building at SX68247068 which joins a bank. Visible on the 1979 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.


English Heritage, 2005, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.


National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 01/08/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

A deserted building with enclosures at SX 683707. (Citing Linehan, 1966)
SX 68257069 This deserted Medieval building lies on a moderate, well drained, south-east facing slope at 290 metres above ordnance datum. It is rectangular, 8 metres by 3.5 metres internally, with walls 0.8 metres thick and 0.7 metres high, built of coursed boulders and massive slabs set on edge. The entrance, 1 metres wide, is in the centre of the south wall.
The west wall forms part of one of a series of associated fields with massive walls 1.5 metres thick and 1.5 metres high, extending over approximately 5.0 hectares, centred at SX 68177068. One field wall is built over and incorporates the end of a terminal reave (MDV15078).
1:10 000 survey on PFD. Enlargement Survey at 1:1000 Scale on 495. (Citing Ordnance Survey, 1977)
Centred SX 68257040. Two adjoining rectangular structures of medieval or later date lie on level ground immediately west of Venford Reservoir. The principal building is as described in 1977. A wall running south from its south-west corner forms the east side of a further building lying on a slight terrace edged by low boulder walls 1.0 metres wide. This structure, now open to the north measures 7.5 metres north to south by 5.5 metres internally.
Neither of these buildings resembles a longhouse and they may have functioned as ancillary structures for a longhouse lying some 50 metres to the south (SX 67 SE 269). (Citing Probert, S.A.J., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 08-DEC-1996)

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 50, 6/7/1967.
SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 476-480.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. figure 2.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97522 ]
SDV346964Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1975. OS/75/298. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. 088.
SDV351329Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 10/04/1953. 540/1040. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 0125.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 01/08/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV115705Part of: Deserted farmstead south-west of Venford Reservoir, Holne (Building)
MDV115702Related to: Longhouse south-west of Venford Reservoir, Holne (Building)
MDV26375Related to: Streamworks at the south-west end of Venford Reservoir, Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 1 2016 3:03PM