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HER Number:MDV8333
Name:FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Moretonhampstead


Traces of old field boundaries. Lynchets or parallel strip field boundaries.(silvester).


Grid Reference:SX 750 883
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78NE23
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445410
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/51

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

ADAS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV296099.

Vis=24/1/1995 (adas) extensive co-axial prehistoric field system on e side of butterdown down. Some thick gorse cover, some open ground + some improved around sx752885. Enclosure at sx75108865 into which system extends n is heavily poached by cattle (adas).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV296104.

Des=adas record sheet/in smr.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2082, 4396-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV221887.

Silvester, R. J., 1977, Earthwork (Worksheet). SDV8568.

Traces of old field boundaries. Lynchets or parallel strip field boundaries.(silvester).

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1508, 076 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346563.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX78NE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV296100.

(17/02/1982) Butterdon Down, about 20 hectares in extent, is much overgrown with furze and bracken.
The hill top around two cairns (SX 78 NE 30), and 6ha., of the southern slopes contours several fragmentary walls formed by single orthostats with boulders and rubble, 0.3m. to 0.6m. high and 1.0m. to 2.0m. wide. Elsewhere on Butterdon similar walling is set out from north to south to form strip fields about 30m. wide and up to 600m. long.
There are very few lateral banks, the fields are very well cleared of stone and every strip has been subjected to rig and furrow ploughing, clear on the air photos, much less obvious on the ground suggesting ploughing of limited duration.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Parallel reave system visible on Butterdon Down on a curving north-north-east by south-south-west alignment, with traces of ridge and furrow around SX 75208850 visible on aerial photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV221887Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 4396-7.
SDV296099Report - Survey: ADAS.
SDV296100Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX78NE23. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV296104Migrated Record:
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346563Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1508. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 076.
SDV8568Worksheet: Silvester, R. J.. 1977. Earthwork. Worksheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 25 2021 3:30PM