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HER Number:MDV8031
Name:Remains of one of two entrenchments on Leusdon Common


Curving earthwork visible on 1940s aerial photographs. Recorded in 1960 by the Ordnance Survey as a field bank (not thought to be particularly old). Still shown on some large scale versions of the Ordnance Survey mapping but the aerial photographs suggest this feature was ploughed out by the end of the 1970s.


Grid Reference:SX 703 730
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/58

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EARTHWORK (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD? to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Snap, field no 1760, arable land.

Victoria County History, 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Devon, 612, 613 (Article in Serial). SDV238214.

One of two earthworks on Leusdon Common. The one near Lower Uppacott is a slightly curved agger 300 feet long extending from north-west to south-east.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Curving earthwork visible on the aerial photograph. Shadow suggests a reasonably substantial bank.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77SW24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV301872.

Remains of one of two entrenchments on Leusdon Common.
These earthworks are disused and tumbled field banks augmented by cleared field stones and are not antiquities (18/5/1960).

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol IV, 827, 15/6/1979 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Grass, with some blackthorn waste on the edges of the south tongue. No trace of the earthwork marked on the Ordnance Survey map.

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1459, 020 (Aerial Photograph). SDV291903.

Not visible.

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

Visible and recorded on 1946 aerial photograph but it appears to have been destroyed by ploughing at some point between 1946 and 1979; not visible on the 1979 image.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Vaugue curve of the earthwork still just about visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). [Mapped feature: #107112 ]
SDV238214Article in Serial: Victoria County History. 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. Unknown. 612, 613.
SDV291903Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 020.
SDV301872Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77SW24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol IV, 827, 15/6/1979.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV7976Related to: Earthwork in field south-east of Uppacott (Monument)
MDV114060Related to: Field boundary on Leusdon Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 11 2016 9:46AM