Blackawton; The Mount

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameBlackawton; The Mount
Alternative NamesThe Beacon; Oldstone
Historic CountryDevonshire
Modern AuthorityDevon
1974 AuthorityDevon
Civil ParishBlackawton

Alleged motte rejected by King as ornamental viewpoint.

The mound is 4.0 m. high, 19.0 m. in diameter from E. to W., and 28.0 m. in diameter from N. to S., including ramp on the southern side. Although it occupies a prominent position the view to the the east is restricted by higher ground. While this may be a beacon mound there is a strong possibility that it was part of the C18 landscaping associated with the mansion at Oldstones, a short distance to the N.W. (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 NVQ 03-JAN-62)

Oldstone fire beacon, 178m above sea level. The mound or 'beacon' at the junction of the roads to Blackawton and Strete is 4.0m high, very steeply built except on the seaward side where the slope is long and slight. It is in the park of the ancient mansion of Oldstone (listed as Olvystone in 1330). Possibly this is the barrow beacon noted by Camden (Russell). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

View to east is restricted by higher ground. Possibly this was part of the 18th. Century landscaping associated with Oldstone mansion. Elizabethan by inference however. Considered to be a motte by urch. A truncated cone 6m high and 9m in diameter (VCH). Almost certainly later than medieval, either an Elizabethan beacon or an 18th century landscaping feature contemporary with Oldstone house. An elongated mound 28 by 19m and 4m high with sloping ramp on one side (Higham). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSX819515
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 122 (reject)
  • Wall, C., 1906, in Page, Wm (ed), 'Ancient Earthworks' VCH Devon Vol. 1 p. 614


  • Higham, R.A., 1988, 'Devon Castles: an annotated list' Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society Vol. 46 p. 142-9
  • Russell, P.M.G., 1955, 'Fire Beacons in Devon' Transactions of the Devonshire Association Vol. 87 p. 281


  • Higham, R.A., 1979, The Castles of Medieval Devon (University of Exeter PhD Thesis) p. 178 Downloadable from EThOS