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HER Number:MDV66333
Name:Field system south-east of Laughter Tor

Summary

Medieval field system associated with a prehistoric settlement and irregular aggregate field system. The ditches are typically 2.0 metres wide by 0.2 metres deep and the banks are 2.5 metres wide by 0.3 metres high. Continues all the way to the stone alignments to the south.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 655 754
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 914893
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/40/7
  • Old SAM Ref: 34457(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Sainsbury, I. S., 1988, Medieval field system south-east of Laughter Tor (Report - Survey). SDV222143.

The remains of a field system are situated on gentle south-east facing heather and rough grass covered slopes some 250 metres south-east from the summit of Laughter Tor at about 380 metres ordnance datum.
The field system, some 11 hectares in area, is formed by curvilinear turf covered earthen banks with some stone content. They range in size from 0.3 to 0.7 metres high and from 1.5 to 2.5 metres wide. At one place (marked (a) on plan) a stretch of bank is unusually well defined, being 0.7 metres high and up to 4 metres wide with ditches both sides 0.2 metres deep and 1 metre wide.
These banks from three fields (A, B and C) about 3.3 hectares, 2.8 hectares and 4.9 hectares retrospectively. Fields A and B are relatively barren apart from two short fragments of banks at (b) and (c). Field B has been truncated at the eastern end by a forestry plantation and evidence of continuation destroyed. A post Medieval stone wall (d) may follow the line of the south-eastern boundary of the field. Field C has been sub-divided into about five north-west to south-eastern fields (1-5). Formed of low banks and lynchets, some are no more than vegetation lines and most slighter than the main field boundaries. Some (e) and (f) are up to 0.5 metres high and no more than 2 metres wide. These sub-divisions are probably contemporary with field C as almost all parallel the east and west sides of it. However certain lynchets and banks (e-i) do not conform to pattern and some banks (j-l) appear to continue to the south-east under the main southern field boundary. These may be remnants of the earlier prehistoric systems and settlement.
These large fields clearly overlie the settlement and field system Laughter Tor East (A) at points (m-p) (see plan 2). They are post dated by the enclosure wall (q) first shown on the Ordnance Survey 2 inch drawing of 1802, and may have a Medieval origin.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 157091 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(Visited 9/5/2002) Medieval field boundaries associated with a prehistoric settlement and irregular aggregate field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm.
A series of interconnected banks with associated ditches cut across the earlier irregular prehistoric aggregate field system. The ditches are typically 2.0 metres wide by 0.2 metres deep and the banks are 2.5 metres wide by 0.3 metres high. The area is covered in dense gorse, with some bilberry and grass. This field system continues to the south of the monument but is not included within the scheduling because it is not in itself currently considered to be of national importance.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46-7; figure 27.11 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted on Butler's plan.


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

Depicted on the digital survey layer.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 46-7; figure 27.11.
SDV222143Report - Survey: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1988. Medieval field system south-east of Laughter Tor. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 157091.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital. [Mapped feature: #98089 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV66332Related to: Field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66342Related to: Field wall 710 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV6001Related to: Standing stone south of Laughter Tor (Monument)
MDV6002Related to: Stone row south of Laughter Tor (Monument)
MDV6003Related to: Stone row south of Laughter Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2014 1:11PM