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HER Number:MDV6763
Name:Peat pass on Winney's Down


A peat pass with memorial stones at each end, providing a drier path through the blanket bog. This was one of a number of passes constructed between 1895-1905 under the direction of William Francis Phillpotts, to provide better access cattlemen and fox hunters.


Grid Reference:SX 620 824
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/21

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PEAT PASS (XIX to XX - 1895 AD to 1905 AD (Between))

Full description

Le Messurier, B., 1965, The Phillpotts Peat Passes of Northern Dartmoor, 167 pl.12 (Article in Serial). SDV242771.

Peat pass on Marsh Hill across fen; memorial stones at each end.

2014, Legendary Dartmoor, Accessed 2015 (Website). SDV356498.

Marsh Hill peat pass (SX620826 – 617823)
From east to west the passage is about 320 metres and comprises of sections linking firm ground. Roughly 90 metres from the eastern end is 'Stat's House', the ruins of a moorman's shelter probably used by peat cutters.
Constructed to provide a drier path through the blanket bog at the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th century, under direction of William Francis Phillpotts. (Citing Le Messurier).

Ordnance Survey, 2015, Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Digital Colour Raster Map (Cartographic). SDV319717.

Peat Pass is depicted on the large scale Ordnance Survey mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV242771Article in Serial: Le Messurier, B.. 1965. The Phillpotts Peat Passes of Northern Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. Unknown. 167 pl.12.
SDV319717Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Digital Colour Raster Map. 1:25,000. Digital. [Mapped feature: #98519 ]
SDV356498Website: 2014. Legendary Dartmoor. http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk. Website. Accessed 2015.

Associated Monuments

MDV6776Related to: Possible cairn on Winney's Down (Monument)
MDV7755Related to: Ruined hut on Whinney's Down (Building)
MDV7756Related to: Stat's House; ruined hut on Winney's Down (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 25 2018 10:21AM