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HER Number:MDV4023
Name:Hut circle settlement east of Eastern Tor


Agglomerated hut circle settlement, with at least eight hut circles east of Eastern Tor. The scheduling for this site was revised in 1992.


Grid Reference:SX 585 663
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/26
  • Old SAM County Ref: 579
  • Old SAM Ref: 10711

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1943, The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor, 295 (Article in Serial). SDV320337.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4286-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 155 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Eastern Tor. Pound enclosing one hut circle.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX5866, 1/5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217387.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE51 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV217383.

A well-defined enclosure of irregular form, some 120 meters by 60.0 meters aligned north-east by south-west. In places it has been repaired, and vermin traps have been added. The enclosure contains eight huts, most of which have cleared plots associated with them. No outside fields were identified. Other details: Plan included.

Robinson, R., 1983, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV346264.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden visit.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Agglomerated enclosure, with a number of parts indistinct. Two main, three subsidiary enclosures possibly more. Three hut circles freestanding within enclosure, five hut circles attached to enclosure walls. Area approx 0.5 hectares.

Department of Environment, 1992, Enclosure with hut circles south-east of Eastern Tor (Schedule Document). SDV217381.

This enclosure lies on a south-east facing slope above the north bank of the River Plym and below Eastern Tor. It is sub-oval in shape, approximately 130 meters in length and 65 meters in width and is in an area of outcropping rock and heavy clitter on the side of the tor; this combined with high bracken makes observation difficult. The enclosure bank incorporates large natural boulders along the north side and is up to 2.0 meters in width and on average 0.5 meters to 1.0 meter in height, though the boulders are up to 2.0 meters in height. There are the remains of a subdivision at the western end, with a hut 10.0 meters in diameter in the junction between the main bank and that of the subdivision. There are at least seven other hut circles in the enclosure, all of them freestanding and up to 10.0 meters in diameter with walls up to 1.0 meter in thickness and 0.5 meters in height. The north bank has been incorporated in later intake walling.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 125 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Prehistoric settlement close to Ditsworthy Warren House, which is in poor condition and has been disturbed by later rebuilding. Other details: Map 49, 10.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 125.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4286-7.
  • Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 155.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE51. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX5866. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/5.
  • Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1992. Enclosure with hut circles south-east of Eastern Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. Digital.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 295.
  • Site Visit: Robinson, R.. 1983. Field Monument Warden Visit. Digital.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV4027Related to: Cairn 265 meters north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House (Monument)
MDV14142Related to: Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV25286Related to: Possible enclosure, Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV25286Related to: Possible enclosure, Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV25286Related to: Possible enclosure, Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV25286Related to: Possible enclosure, Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV4016Related to: Small hut circle enclosure on Eastern Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2011 2:50PM