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HER Number:MDV6930
Name:Earthwork banks north of halstock Camp, Okehampton

Summary

Earthbanks on the side of the hill below Okehampton Camp are more likely to have been the walls of an enclosure for sheep and cattle than a Roman camp as conjectured. Included in 2000 survey of the area.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 603 943
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of Medieval or later enclosure north of Halstock Camp, Okehampton

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 69 SW 98
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/164
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/55
  • Pastscape: 1388136
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD? to 1799 AD (Between))

Full description

Wright, 1889, History of the Barony of Okehampton (Monograph). SDV346366.

Worth, R. N., 1895, Okehampton Beginnings, 104-105 (Article in Serial). SDV271183.

Earthbanks on the side of the hill below Okehampton Camp are more likely to have been the walls of an enclosure for sheep and cattle than a Roman camp as conjectured. Rectangular plan.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity, No C.2 (Un-published). SDV233126.

Earthwork is possibly modern. Marked on Courtenay map of 1780.

National Monument Record, 1979, NMR SF1507, 423-425 (Aerial Photograph). SDV221867.

Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C., 1980, Farms and fields in Okehampton Park, 42 (Article in Serial). SDV324998.

A 19th century source suggests that earthworks termed Roman camp were visible to the north of the promontory fort.
The northern defences of the hillfort (SX69SW/13) have been enclosed by a bank and ditch of Medieval origins. No surface indications of ridge and furrow, though east side of enclosure is a lynchet over 1.5m deep.
NB: identification of Austin description with above is not certain - Griffiths, D. M.

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

Visible on the aerial photographs used in project and recorded on map overlays.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV221867Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1979. NMR SF1507. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 423-425.
SDV233126Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. No C.2.
SDV271183Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1895. Okehampton Beginnings. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 104-105.
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.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #125238 ]
SDV324998Article in Serial: Austin, D. + Daggett, R. H. + Walker, M. J. C.. 1980. Farms and fields in Okehampton Park. Landscape History. 2. Unknown. 42.
SDV346366Monograph: Wright. 1889. History of the Barony of Okehampton. History of the Barony of Okehampton. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV27413Related to: Charcoal burning platforms on East Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Apr 14 2020 9:05AM