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HER Number:MDV8109
Name:Medieval building south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington


The central 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/57/2
  • 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 4 metres with low overgrown stone walls stand to a maximum of 0.7 metres high and 1.1 metres wide. Long axis orientated north-west to south-east with an entrance on the north-east wall and the end walls are rounded on the inside corners.

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

Central of three ruined Medieval buildings to the south-east of Holwell Tor. The turf covered ruins are very clear and well defined and show little signs of collapse.

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

Central of three buildings shown on survey.

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

Building visible on aerial photograph.

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

Feature shown on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 445008, SX77NE11 (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 central building is 25 metres south of the first oriented north-west to south-east and measures 6.5 metres by 2.5 metres with walls 1 metre thick and up to 1 metre 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

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107861 ]
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, SX77NE11.
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)
MDV8108Related 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 2 2016 1:31PM