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HER Number:MDV89
Name:Beacon at Firebeacon, Hartland


A beacon is recorded in this location as early as 1400.


Grid Reference:SS 245 202
Map Sheet:SS22SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SW/11/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEACON (First mentioned, XIV - 1400 AD to 1400 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7506.

Beacon at firebeacon.

NMR CITING PND, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7508.

'fyrbyken' 1400, 'ester fyerbycken, south fyerbycken' 1566 (nmr citing pnd).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7510.

Pearse chope, r. /tda/58(1926)72/hartland abbey.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7511.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7512.

Gover, j. E. B. + mawer, a. + stenton, f. M. /the place-names of devon/(1931)78.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=6/12/1978 (os) no beacon mound could be found here.

Russell, P., 1955, Fire Beacons in Devon, 256, 257, 277 (Article in Serial). SDV336138.

The name 'Fyrbekene' is recorded in in connection with the Chapel of St. Mary belonging to Hartland Abbey. Located in the east of the parish.

Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 246 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Documentary references to fire beacon; 'fyrbyken' in 1400, and 'ester fyerbycken, south fyerbycken' in 1566. No physical evidence for a beacon mound has been found.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV336138Article in Serial: Russell, P.. 1955. Fire Beacons in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87. A5 Hardback. 256, 257, 277. [Mapped feature: #54600 ]
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 246.
SDV7506Migrated Record:
SDV7508Migrated Record: NMR CITING PND.
SDV7510Migrated Record:
SDV7511Migrated Record:
SDV7512Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV81210Related to: Beacon east of Firebeacon Cross (Monument)
MDV49Related to: Embury Beacon, Hartland (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 28 2015 2:57PM