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HER Number:MDV76454
Name:Medieval Building to East of Castle Dene, Hemyock


Remains of buildings thought to be part of a small medieval farmstead found during excavation.


Grid Reference:ST 135 133
Map Sheet:ST11SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHemyock
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHEMYOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (XII to XIV - 1101 AD to 1400 AD (Between))

Full description

Context One Archaeological Services, 2009, Land to the East of 'Castle Dene', Culmstock Road, Hemyock, Devon, ii, 15-17 (Report - Excavation). SDV344454.

Structural remains of the northern end of a building with an attached ancilliary structure uncovered during excavation on land to the east of Castle Dene. Of rubble stone construction, probably originally with cob walling above, and a beaten earth floor. Dated to between the 12th and 14th century. A nearby spread of rubble may represent the demolished remains of these buildings or another, nearby, structure. These buildings may be associated with three east-west ditches and a pit to the north. These were all filled during the 12th to 14th centuries and sealed by a compact surface. It is suggested that all these features were part of a small medieval farmstead.

Tabor, R., 2010, A Medieval Building and Metalworking Debris on Land to the East of 'Castle Dene', Hemyock, 201, 205-6 (Article in Serial). SDV347799.

The surviving east and north walls of the building are suggestive of a long house. The location of the door in a corner, as suggested by a beam slot at the east end of the north wall, is unusual. The robbing of the walls suggests that their fabric was failry substantial and might have made a contribution to the castle walls is the building predated crenellation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344454Report - Excavation: Context One Archaeological Services. 2009. Land to the East of 'Castle Dene', Culmstock Road, Hemyock, Devon. Context One Archaeological Services Report. COAS/EXC/07/CRH. A4 Stapled + Digital. ii, 15-17.
SDV347799Article in Serial: Tabor, R.. 2010. A Medieval Building and Metalworking Debris on Land to the East of 'Castle Dene', Hemyock. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 68. A4 Stapled + Digital. 201, 205-6.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4619 - Excavation and Watching Brief, Castle Dene, Hemyock

Date Last Edited:Aug 26 2011 3:16PM