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HER Number:MDV8828
Name:Earthwork in Houndtor Wood


Overgrown earthworks in Houndtor Wood, Manaton. Single ditch and bank covering a portion of the promontory with a causewayed enclosure. To the north-west and south-east the defences end in natural ground contour. Possibly Iron Age in date, although could be later.


Grid Reference:SX 768 805
Map Sheet:SX78SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445601
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SE/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 456

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EARTHWORK (Early Iron Age to XVII - 700 BC? to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Fosse' and 'Camp (remains of)' depicted on the late 19th century map, including outline of earthwork remains.

Wall, J. C., 1906, Ancient Earthworks, 607 (Article in Monograph). SDV341465.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SE10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV280622.

The nature of this site is difficult to state. Not a good defensive situation. Unlikely to be Iron Age - no similar examples known. Could possibly be a Civil War work. The site is at the moment covered with deep vegetation.

Ministry of Works, 1961, Earthwork in Houndtor Wood (Schedule Document). SDV280623.

Earthworks at Houndtor Wood. Possibly an unfinished and badly sited promontory fort. Single ditch and bank covering a portion of the promontory. In a wood recently replanted with conifers. To the north-west and south-east the defences end in natural ground contour. A simple causewayed entrance is visible, no form of outer defences were discovered. Ideal situation to cover valley of River Bovey to the south and also good visibility to the east but overlooked by a crest to the immediate north. No surface finds nor signs of habitation but adequate water supply is available. Site covered under deep winter fern.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible due to tree cover on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Earthwork depicted on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV280622Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SE10. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV280623Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1961. Earthwork in Houndtor Wood. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341465Article in Monograph: Wall, J. C.. 1906. Ancient Earthworks. Victoria History of the County of Devon. Hardback Volume. 607.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108912 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV119207Related to: Fragments of iron slag found near Beckhams smallholding, Manaton (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 23 2017 2:19PM