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HER Number:MDV69506
Name:Cluster of four mortar pits on Langstone Moor

Summary

A cluster of four military mortar pits, comprising sunken circular earthworks with associated ammunition holes on the north-west facing slope of Langstone Moor.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 548 779
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 135
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/258
  • Pastscape: 1388126

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEAPONS PIT (XIX to XX - 1900 AD to 1999 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 10/08/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Condition is poor.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

A cluster of four military mortar pits, comprising sunken circular earthworks with associated ammunition holes on the north-west facing slope of Langstone Moor.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 2003 (Website). SDV360651.

Centred SX 54897795. A cluster of four mortar pits (at SX 54857794, SX 54857797, SX 54897797 and SX54937794) and associated ammunition holes lie on the gentle north-west facing slope of Langstone Moor some 800 metres south-east of Whittor.
The pits are circular and measure between 3.5 metres and 5.5 metres in diameter and are dug into the slope to provide level interiors a maximum of 0.4 metres below the current ground surface. The edges of the pits are marked by earthen banks 1.0 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high. Dispersed around the area are a number of smaller hollows, some containing traces of stone facings, formerly designed to hold ammunition. These are rectangular, rarely more than 0.75 metres long and 0.4 metres deep.
Two additional mortar pits and several ammunition holes lie at SX54347734 and 54377729, some 800 metres to the south-west (citing Probert, S. A. J., 11/09/2003, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 10/08/2004.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 2003.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #112918 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV122669Related to: Two mortar pits north of Roos Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2018 2:13PM