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HER Number:MDV8108
Name:Medieval building south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington


The northern of three buildings within a Medieval settlement south-east of Holwell Tor


Grid Reference:SX 752 776
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and surviving stone walls of a prehistoric settlement on Haytor Down including a hut circle and field boundaries with a Medieval settlement

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/57/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Everett, C., 1988, Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features, HD61-62, Map 5 (Report - Survey). SDV359684.

Building south-east of Holwell Quarry. It is 9.8 metres by 5.5 metres lying south-west to north-east down the slope. No door visible, and stone walls are low and tumbled, covered with turf and bracken.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 20, Figure 1.4, Map 1 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Medieval occupation of the site to the south-east of Holwell Tor. The northern rectangular building (3) is 7.5 metres by 3.3 metres but no longer clear.

Newman, P., 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon, 14, Figure 7 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

Three ruined rectangular buildings south-east of Holwell Tor near a spring. The buildings are probably of the Medieval period.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Northern of three buildings shown on survey to the south-east of Holwell Tor.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of building visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Feature shown on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 445008, SX77 NE11 (Website). SDV359354.

A possible Medieval settlement comprising 3 rectangular, turf-covered stone foundations at least two of which are likely to be buildings. They are sited on the moderately sloping, north-facing coombe, created by the saddle of Holwell Tor and Haytor Rocks. The northern most building at SX7529 7764 is oriented approximately east to west and measures 12.5 metres by 6.3 metres with walls 2 metres thick by up to 0.8 metres high. The walls of all three structures are constructed from stone, now turf-covered but with neat edges exposed in places. The date is uncertain. The structures appear Medieval, though they could possibly relate to the early 19th century stone industry in this area, probable dwellings. They are unlikely to be associated with the nearby field system which is more likely to be Prehistoric.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 20, Figure 1.4, Map 1.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107857 ]
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 14, Figure 7.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 445008, SX77 NE11.
SDV359684Report - Survey: Everett, C.. 1988. Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features. HD61-62, Map 5.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV8107Part of: Settlement south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV8109Related to: Medieval building south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Building)
MDV8110Related to: Medieval enclosure south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV116378Related to: Medieval Ridge and Furrow south of Prehistoric Settlement south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Sep 24 2018 2:59PM