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HER Number:MDV7492
Name:Howell Manor Deserted Mediveal Site, Manaton


Holwell Manor deserted Medieval site consisting of two longhouses (one adjoining the modern barn) and the remains of another building nearby, all within an enclosure. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 744 777
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of prehistoric field system, medieval field system, deserted medieval settlement and enclosure, Holwell

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: 445180
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/63

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX77NW60 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV307606.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

The boundaries here are the same as those shown on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map, so this has been used as the most probable location of the Holwell Manor site.

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, 0110 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Other details: F41.

Hanham, H. J., 1962, A Tangle Untangled: Lordship of the Manor and Borough of Ashburton, 440 (Article in Serial). SDV307607.

Linehan, C. D., 1965, Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV217992.

Holwell Manor; two long-houses (26.2 by 3.7 meters and 18.3 meters by 3.7 meters); the latter adjoining modern barn; remains of another building near by; all in enclosure; sunken lanes leading to present Holwell House and the river.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, 124 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Other details: Table 2.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor, 3 (Un-published). SDV345444.

Holwell Manor. This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Extent of the enclosure presumed, following boundaries shown on the current mapping around the modern barn structure.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Holwell Manor (Un-published). SDV352501.

Holwell Manor a deserted Medieval settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217992Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1965. Deserted Sites on Dartmoor, Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. A5 Hardback. 173.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 0110.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. 124.
SDV307606Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX77NW60. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV307607Article in Serial: Hanham, H. J.. 1962. A Tangle Untangled: Lordship of the Manor and Borough of Ashburton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 94. Unknown. 440.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital. 3.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #102141 ]
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Holwell Manor.

Associated Monuments

MDV7496Related to: Building east of Holwell Lawn, Manaton (Building)
MDV7494Related to: Holwell Cottage, Manaton (Building)
MDV77792Related to: Holwell farm, Manaton (Monument)
MDV7553Related to: Holwell Lane Commons Farmstead, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2020 11:42AM