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HER Number:MDV8001
Name:Longhouse on Pudsham Down


A shallow rectangular hollow, with a stony banked wall along one side on the moderate eastern slope of Pudsham Down. Stones around the edge of the hollow, suggest possble ruined walls.


Grid Reference:SX 733 747
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age coaxial field system around Pil Tor with remains of reaves, enclosures, hut circle settlements including Foales Arrishes, continuing south onto Blackslade Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/28
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONGHOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1961, 58/4424, F43.0190 (Aerial Photograph). SDV280247.

Linehan, C. D., 1966, Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon, Table 2 (Article in Serial). SDV307246.

Deserted site. Pudsham Down, one building with enclosures at 366.0 metres (ordnance datum).

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 109 (Un-published). SDV150434.

13/5/1966 Small cross passage longhouse built in to a steep hillside. 11 metres long, 3.6 metres wide. North end of house unclear. There is an ancient field system above and below the house extending upstream where the ruins of another building possibly lie.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photographs.

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

Pudsham Down a Deserted Medieval Settlement with remains of a cross passage house.

Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 49, fig 17 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 109.
SDV280247Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1961. 58/4424. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F43.0190.
SDV307246Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1966. Deserted Sites and Rabbit-Warrens on Dartmoor, Devon. Medieval Archaeology. 10. Digital. Table 2.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Pudsham Down.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 49, fig 17.

Associated Monuments

MDV113188Related to: A hut circle with the small wood known as the Spinney (Monument)
MDV30656Related to: Linear feature south of Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV30655Related to: Medieval fields on Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV30625Related to: Possible longhouse at Blackslade Water (Building)
MDV112769Related to: Rectangular building foundations on Pudsham Down (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:May 16 2016 10:10AM