Bank Rows, Venford Medieval Farmstead

Here a number of parallel ditches can be found, close to the medieval farmstead at Venford. It is unclear what their purpose was. The afforestation of the area has resulted in the lines becoming inconspicuous.

Outbuilding near Longhouse, Venford Medieval Farmstead

It is unclear what this ruin is. It is an enclosure but it is not very obvious. Was this an outbuilding attached to the longhouse, or a barn of some sort where animals were kept?

This medieval farmstead is in such good condition today because it was cleared over many years by Paul Rendell and other volunteers.

Holne Moor Recumbent Standing Stone

At the western terminus of the Holne Moor Stone Row, this is thought to be a recumbent standing stone or menhir – it is of some size. We learn from Butler (1993) that: “The three lines of stones are laid out alongside the Holne Moor boundary reave, roughly parallel with it and 5 to 7 m to the south. Like the Challacombe Down triple alignment a tall pillar once stood at the higher end set across the line of the centre row, the ground beyond it quite level with no sign of a cairn or disturbed ground. The pillar, 3.4 m long, has fallen forwards at an angle long ago for even its socket hole has silted up.

Reference:

  • Butler, J. (1993): Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume 4 – The South-East. Devon Books, Exeter.

Powder Mills – Store

Reference:

  • Campbell, D. (2019): Powdermills: The story of the Dartmoor gunpowder factory.  Blackingstone Publishing, Moretonhampstead.