MDE9009 - Post-medieval buildings on Holdstone Down (Monument)


The remains of two buildings within the post-medieval field system on Holdstone Down (MDE9007). One survives as a ruin, with walls 0.5 metres high, the other is a rectangular hollow.

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The remains of a rectangular building with a partition wall and possibly the remains of associated outhouses were noted on aerial photographs taken in 1946 and 1978, on the northwest side of Holdstone Down. [1-3] A cairn, about one metre high, has been built from the ruins of the site to the southeast. The site is highly vulnerable to damage by visitors as it is near the coastal path. [4] Two structures centred at SS 6118 4799. The principal building is centred at SS 6118 4799. It is rectangular in shape and may originally have been two-celled. On its eastern side it has been terraced slightly into the hillside. It is constructed of stone and measures 5 metres by 8 metres with walls 0.4 metres thick, standing to 0.5 metres in height. It is surrounded by spreads of robbed stone and several small modern cairns. Rubbish has been dumped into its interior. The second structure lies to the north at SS 6117 4800. It consists of a rectangular hollow 0.7 metres deep, measuring 4.2 metres by 8 metres. There are no obvious signs of walling and no entrance is visible. Surveyed at 1:2500. [5,6] The remains of a pair of ruined structures, probably dating to the post-medieval period are visible on aerial photographs to the north of Holdstone Down. The buildings appear on aerial photographs to share a central dividing wall, with the building to the east measuring 10 metres long by metres wide, and the western building measuring approximately 5.5 metres wide and 10 metres long. No obvious entrance is visible for either structure on the aerial photographs, and neither structure is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [7-9] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [9]

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS6147c.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/106G/UK/1655.1381 (July 1946).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/2656 (June 1978).
  • <4> Report: The National Trust. 1984. Holdstone Down, Devon.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 8 July 1993.
  • <6> Technical drawing: Sainsbury, I. and Wilson-North, R.. 1993. Holdstone Down/ink survey . Unknown. Permatrace. Pen and Ink.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1501 4425-26 (13 May 1946 ).
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1890.
  • <9> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 NW. MD002171.
  • <10> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 873022, Extant 8 November 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64NW/22
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 17904
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20518
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO290
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW40
  • National Park
  • National Trust HER Record: MNA107752
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 873022



Grid reference Centred SS 6118 4798 (25m by 25m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Record last edited

Nov 8 2021 4:36PM


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