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Berry Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Witheridge, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9412 / 50°56'28"N

Longitude: -3.6602 / 3°39'36"W

OS Eastings: 283449.226919

OS Northings: 117060.805618

OS Grid: SS834170

Mapcode National: GBR L8.P4JH

Mapcode Global: FRA 366M.CTY

Entry Name: Berry Castle

Scheduled Date: 1 August 1961

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1002539

English Heritage Legacy ID: DV 470

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Witheridge

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Witheridge with Creacombe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Romano-British enclosure called Berry Castle, 460m west of Queen Dart Cross.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 5 November 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a Romano-British enclosure situated on a ridge between the valleys of the Little Dart River and a tributary to it. The enclosure survives as a rectangular enclosure with rounded corners measuring up to 26m long by 19m wide internally, defined by a rampart, wide ditch and counterscarp bank. There is a causewayed entrance on the eastern side and the southern ditch has been partially cut by a road.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The Romano-British enclosure called Berry Castle is an unusual monument. The ditch survives as a largely buried feature and the banks are also clearly visible. The rectangular shape with distinctive ‘playing card’ corners suggests a strong Roman influence regarding its construction, whilst it does not appear to conform precisely to any specific Roman monument class. It is a defensive structure, possibly a defended farm or small scale settlement. Despite some cutting of the southern ditch by the road it survives well and will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, function, development, use, date and landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:- 35599

Source: Historic England

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