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Monument Number 438586

Hob Uid: 438586
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Walkhampton
Grid Ref : SX5911069470
Summary : A sub-circular enclosure with stony turf-covered walls on the plateau of Hingston Hill. The feature is visible as an enclosure of irregular form with straightish sides and rounded corners. Its overall diameter is 43.3m on average and its area is approximately 0.16 hectares. The walls are tumbled and spread but appear to have had an original width of 2.5m on average; the construction comprises a double row of orthostats and boulder infilling now up to 0.8m high. The entrance, on the east, is demarcated on one side by a massive slab.
More information : (SX 5911 6946) Enclosure (NR). (1)

A sub-circular walled pound enclosing about 0.410 acres. The
wall is 4ft 6ins thick. The entrance is marked by a 4ft 4ins
high "slab-like stone". (2)

On a slight west-facing slope at 375m OD is an enclosure of
irregular form with straightish sides and rounded corners. Its
overall diameter is 43.3m on average and its area is
approximately 0.16 hectares. The walls are tumbled and spread
but appear to have had an original width of 2.5m on average; the
construction comprises a double row of orthostats and boulder
in filling now up to 0.8m high. The entrance, on the east, is
demarcated on one side by the massive slab referred to by
Worth while another, now prone lies a little to the south.

There is no evidence of habitation, and both the interior and the
surrounding area are stone free. This combined with its rather
isolated situation suggests the possibility of a prehistoric
stock pound.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD. (3)

Scheduled on 06-OCT-2000 (4)

There is no evidence to connect the stone row and burial mounds on the eastern slopes facing Hingston Hill with the simple enclosure nearby, though the gap in its wall opposite the large cairn may not be coincidental ... No huts are now to be found either associated with the enclosure or anywhere in the vicinity, so perhaps it functioned purely as a cattle pound. Wall construction was untypical too ... There was probably an entrance through the ruined east wall, bounded by a conspicuous triangular block still standing in place and a scarely smaller slab almost flat. (5)

A pear-shaped pound with one good entrance-jamb standing.

A little to the south there stands a much overgrown single row (of only nine stones) leading to the (probable) remains of a kistvaen, and yet another single row, fallen and overgrown, leading north-east to a ruined cairn. (Statement yet to be confirmed) (6)

A sub-circular enclosure with an approximately level interior and no trace of hut circles. The internal diameter is 40-43m and the enclosure covers an area of 1400m square. The wall is constructed from large moorstone blocks though now collapsed and spread and partially turf covered. The wall is up to 5m wide by 0.6m high. A possible entrance on the east side has an orthostat post in situ 1.4m high.(7)

Cramber Tor Survey 2002, Site WA163 (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source Number : 2
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R H Worth)
Page(s) : 275-6
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Vol(s) : 75, 1943
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 02-APR-79
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Source Number : 4
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 06-Oct-00
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Butler, J. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Vol. 3, p.67-8, 199
Page(s) : 67-68,199
Figs. : 47.5
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Vol(s) : 3
Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Hemery, Eric. 1983 High Dartmoor Land and People p. 147
Page(s) : 147
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Source Number : 7
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman, P 01-AUG-2006 EH Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wessex Archaeology 2002 Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Possibly Bronze Age
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Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Pound, Enclosure
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence, Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 NE 131
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 24121
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 NE 30
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 NE 30
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-04-02
End Date : 1979-04-02
Associated Activities : CRAMBER TOR TRAINING AREA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY AND BASELINE CONDITION SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2005-08-01
End Date : 2006-10-01