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HER Number:MDV7051
Name:Prawle Point Beacon

Summary

Prawle Point was the site of a medieval beacon mentioned in the 11th and 13th centuries

Location

Grid Reference:SX 773 351
Map Sheet:SX73NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChivelstone
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCHIVELSTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1408821
  • National Trust SMR: 100592
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX73NE/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XI to Late Medieval - 1001 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX73NE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV154891.


Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 365, 552 (Monograph). SDV17562.


Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 294 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Prawle, about 30 meters above sea level is a beacon. Mentioned as 'Prenla' in 1066, 'Prahulle' in 1204. The name is thought to mean look-out hill. A chapel is mentioned here in the 1420s dedicated to St. Brendan, the Patron of Sailors. The chapel has disappeared but the natural site is on the great rock which bears Lloyd's Signal Station. Elizabethan. Other details: Appendix B.


Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.


Griffith, F. M. + Wilkes, E. M., 2006, The Land Named from the Sea? Coastal Archaeology and Place-names of Bigbury Bay, Devon, 74 (Article in Serial). SDV339814.

Prwle Point has been interpreted as 'look-out hill'.


Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154891Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX73NE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 365, 552.
SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 294.
SDV339814Article in Serial: Griffith, F. M. + Wilkes, E. M.. 2006. The Land Named from the Sea? Coastal Archaeology and Place-names of Bigbury Bay, Devon. Archaeological Journal. 163. A5 Paperback. 74.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV43349Parent of: Lloyd's Signal Station, Prawle Point (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6587 - Archaeological Assessment of Land between Bolt Heat and Bolt Tail

Date Last Edited:May 5 2015 12:16PM