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HER Number:MDV8337
Name:Field system on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead


Traces of old field boundaries extending over a wide area on the eastern half of Mardon Down. Possibly the remains of a prehistoric field system that was subsequently reused in the medieval period. The field system probably continues into the still enclosed land adjoining the common.


Grid Reference:SX 776 877
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78NE28
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445427
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/55
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78NE28

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC to 1539 AD)

Full description

Royal Air Force, 19/05/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2082, 4399-4401, 4460-62 (Aerial Photograph). SDV350392.

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1459, 139-142 (Aerial Photograph). SDV291903.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX78NE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV296112.

(06/01/1982) The eastern half of Mardon Down (some 73ha) contains the remains of a probably prehistoric field system consisting of irregular fields exceeding 2ha. in area. The system obviously extended eastwards and is to some extent fossilized in the still enclosed land adjoining the common.
The system is difficult to trace on the ground, partly because of bracken but mostly because it is overlaid with strip fields incorporating rig and furrow of Medieval or later origin.

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

Traces of old field boundaries extending over a wide area. In the north east corner of Mardon Down the banks have the appearance of parallel reaves running north east-south west and finishing at a terminal reave.
Field system is visible and recorded as a series of narrow fields with curving banks between them: it does not appear to be as regular as other parallel reave systems. There are possible concentrations of ridge and furrow at SX77508815, SX77758805 and from SX77658775 to SX77558745.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV291903Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 139-142.
SDV296112Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX78NE28. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. [Mapped feature: #137936 ]
SDV350392Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 19/05/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4399-4401, 4460-62.

Associated Monuments

MDV133631Related to: Cairns south of Coledridge Wood (Monument)
MDV122149Related to: Field boundaries north of Stacombe, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV26657Related to: Field System on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV8332Related to: Parallel Reave System on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead. (Monument)
MDV26642Related to: Ridge and furrow north of Doccombe, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV105981Related to: Ridge and Furrow on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 17 2023 9:28AM