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HER Number:MDV7115
Name:Midden at Bull's Paradise, Lundy


A midden, 13th-17th century in date has been identified in the area of the cemetery and chapel at Bull's Paradise and through which burials have been inserted. The midden contained limpet shells and pottery. Two medieval coins have also been found.


Grid Reference:SS 136 441
Map Sheet:SS14SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 31822
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14SW/18/5
  • Old SAM County Ref: 745
  • Old SAM Ref: 27645
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS14NW/SW30

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MIDDEN (XIII to XVII - 1201 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS14NW/SW30 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV1219.

Griffiths, D. M., Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV344805.

A midden has been recognised in the area of the late medieval cemetery at Bulls Paradise.

Montague, L. A. D., 1930 - 1931, Flint Implements on Lundy, 259 (Article in Serial). SDV17160.

Lundy midden. Medieval and composed mainly of limpet shells but also with bones and sherds of red pottery. One vessel, of flower pot shape and a greenish-brown interior glaze was identified as 14th to 17th century in date.

Gardner, K. S., 1959 - 1960, Untitled Source, 57 (Article in Serial). SDV7133.

Excavations by Dollar in 1932-1933 found a 13th-14th century rubbish layer containing pottery etc and a coin of Edward II (1327) in the area of the chapel, through which burials had been inserted.

Gardner, K. S., 1961, Untitled Source, 22-23 (Article in Serial). SDV890.

Excavations by Bristowe in 1928 found limpet shells in the Shippen Yard and a mound near to chapel site contained shells and red pottery with internal glaze. Burials were associated with two midden layers. Finds included further limpet shells and a coin of Charles VI of France (1380-1422).

Gardner, K. S., 1962, Untitled Source, 23-26 (Article in Serial). SDV1262.

Excavations by the Lundy Field Society in 1961 identified 13th-17th century pottery scattered throughout a mound and the cemetery. A re-used grave, had been cut through a 14th century rubbish layer and was sealed by 17th century rubbish.

Gardner, K. S., 1965 - 1966, Untitled Source, 30 (Article in Serial). SDV342267.

Excavations on the fortified farmhouse in 1966 identified a 13th century and later rubbish layer sealing the levelled site.

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1970, Lundy, Bull's Paradise Settlement Site (Schedule Document). SDV7147.

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 110-111,118/101,129+101,135 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Bull's Paradise and Giants Graves. A settlement and Burial Ground on Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV344750.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 31822 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV344806.

Medieval midden with pottery. Other details: SS14SW24. Record last updated: N/A.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1219Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS14NW/SW30. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV1262Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1962. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 15. Unknown. 23-26.
SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 110-111,118/101,129+101,135. [Mapped feature: #46417 ]
SDV17160Article in Serial: Montague, L. A. D.. 1930 - 1931. Flint Implements on Lundy. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 16. Unknown. 259.
SDV342267Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1965 - 1966. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 17. Unknown. 30.
SDV344750Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Bull's Paradise and Giants Graves. A settlement and Burial Ground on Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV344805Personal Comment: Griffiths, D. M.. Not Applicable.
SDV344806National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 31822. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV7133Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1959 - 1960. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 13. Unknown. 57.
SDV7147Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1970. Lundy, Bull's Paradise Settlement Site. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV890Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1961. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 14. Unknown. 22-23.

Associated Monuments

MDV59360Part of: Bulls Paradise and Giants Graves, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14277Related to: Chapel at Bull's Paradise, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14278Related to: Grass Covered Mound at Bull's Paradise, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14274Related to: Medieval Cemetery at Bulls Paradise, Lundy (Monument)
MDV35Related to: Site of Fortified Manor House, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV591 - COIN (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FDV589 - SHERD (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FDV590 - SHERD (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 29 2010 2:45PM