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HER Number:MDV79130
Name:Dam North of Tracey Castle


Remains of a dam to the north of Tracey Castle, of unknown date. Possibly forming a medieval moated site, or the product of post-medieval landscaping.


Grid Reference:SX 733 987
Map Sheet:SX79NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBow
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBOW

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DAM (Unknown date)

Full description

Higham, R. A. + Rouillard, M., 1989, The site of 'Tracy Castle', Bow, 125-6 (Article in Serial). SDV38163.

A flat topped bank, up to 4 metres wide, running east-west for a distance of 70 metres is located about 50 metres north of Tracey Castle. The bank is clearly the remains of a dam, and when operative it would have flooded the whole area in front of and to the sides of the mound, surrounding it with up to 1.5 metres of water. The ditch behind the mound would now hold little water, but may originally have been deeper. No absolute chronological evidence is available, but the dam bank is earlier than the field boundary which runs along it, and in which trees of considerable age are established. If the dam bank and mound are contemporary, though this cannot be proved, they could either be a form of moated medieval site or possibly a product of post-medieval landscaping. Other details: Figure 4.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV38163Article in Serial: Higham, R. A. + Rouillard, M.. 1989. The site of 'Tracy Castle', Bow. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 47. Paperback Volume. 125-6. [Mapped feature: #105930 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8429Related to: Tracy Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 11 2011 9:49AM