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HER Number:MDV8514
Name:Medieval fire beacon west of Jawbone Hill, Dartmouth


Site of a 15th century fire beacon recorded to the west of Jawbone Hill. The field is named as Beacon Field on the 19th century Tithe Apportionment. However, Russell places the beacon to the north of the lane, where there is now a water tower.


Grid Reference:SX 872 503
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 446029
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/2
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX85SE23

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (XV - 1401 AD to 1500 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX85SE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV340978.

1. Pre-Elizabethan fire beacon above Dartmouth, now known as Beacon Park was known as le Verebekyn in 1474.
2. An elevated water tank now occupies the site which is approached directly by an ancient hollow track.
3. A water tower surmounted by an Ordnance Survey trig point is shown on 1954 map.

Watkin, H. R., 1935, Dartmouth:1, Pre-Reformation, 148 (Article in Serial). SDV340977.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 281 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

Le Verbekyn fire beacon. 154 metres above sea level on "land between Bakenparkes and l Verbekyn", 1474. Beacon Park is at the summit of Jawbones Lane. There is now an elevated water tank on the site.

Collings, A., 20/03/2014, South Hams Beacons (Un-published). SDV357109.

Beacon Field, tithe apportionment 94

Devon County Council, 2000, Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside (Monograph). SDV320945.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Pink, F., 2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV320945Monograph: Devon County Council. 2000. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. Fire Beacons: Warning Signals across the Countryside. A4 Unbound.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 281.
SDV340977Article in Serial: Watkin, H. R.. 1935. Dartmouth:1, Pre-Reformation. Parochial Histories of Devonshire. 5. Unknown. 148.
SDV340978Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX85SE23. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108618 ]
SDV357109Un-published: Collings, A.. 20/03/2014. South Hams Beacons. List of Beacons in the South Hams. Digital.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. Digital.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2020 3:42PM