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HER Number:MDV71009
Name:Medieval Ditch, 17 South Street, Totnes


Medieval town boundary ditch exposed at 17 South Street, Totnes.


Grid Reference:SX 800 603
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Dyer, M. J. + Allan, J., 2004, An Excavation on the Defences of the Anglo-Saxon Burh and Medieval Town of Totnes, 72 (Article in Serial). SDV322415.

Appendix 2.

Dyer, M. J. + Passmore, A. J., 2004, Archaeological Recording at 17 South Street, Totnes, 3-4 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV319390.

Archaeological recording undertaken during development at 17 South Street in 2004 exposed a ditch aligned east to west broadly parallel with both South Street and the medieval town wall. Only the upper part of the northern side of the ditch was exposed at a depth of 0.8 metres. The southern side lay beyond the excavated area indicating that the ditch was over 7.2 metres wide. Nine clay ditch fills were identified from which three sherds of medieval pottery and two fragments of roofing slate were recovered. The ditch had gone out of use and was silting up by the mid 13th-15th centuries. The partially filled ditch was levelled soon after 1500 AD. Figure 2.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319390Report - Watching Brief: Dyer, M. J. + Passmore, A. J.. 2004. Archaeological Recording at 17 South Street, Totnes. Exeter Archaeology Report. 04.41. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-4.
SDV322415Article in Serial: Dyer, M. J. + Allan, J.. 2004. An Excavation on the Defences of the Anglo-Saxon Burh and Medieval Town of Totnes. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 62. Paperback Volume. 72.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #99574 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV71012Related to: Cobbled Surface, 17 South Street, Totnes (Monument)
MDV71010Related to: Post-Medieval Walls, 17 South Street, Totnes (Monument)
MDV71011Related to: Post-Medieval Well, 17 South Street, Totnes (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5296 - WORKED STONE (Unknown date)
  • FDV51 - ROOF SLATE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV54 - Dyer, M. J. + Passmore, A. J.

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2013 4:30PM