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Outer Huccaby Ring

Hob Uid: 442913
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6554074420
Summary : A hillslope enclosure in rough moorland measuring 105m east-west and 95m north-south with a bank of small stones averaging 0.6m high. It is of prehistoric date with later additions.
More information : (SX 65547442) Outer Huccaby Ring (NR). (1)

Outer Huccaby Ring is a hill slope enclosure which may be
Iron Age. (2-3)

On a south west slope at 355m OD is a prominent sub-rectangular enclosure known as "Outer Huccaby Ring" It measures 105m east-west and 95m north-south within a bank of small stone averaging 3.0m wide and 0.6m high. Thee is a simple entrance to the south and possibly another at the south east where a large slab is set across the end of the bank and there is a 3.0m gap.
An outer bank and ditch follows part of the south side west of
the entrance, its purpose is obscure as is that of the 0.2m
scarp in the north of the otherwise featureless interior. (See
plan). The earthwork is joined on its north and east by Medieval
or later field banks with accompanying ditches, and is cut by a
leat and footpath. The work is in fair condition.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD and at 1:1250 for AO Records. (4)

[SX 65547442] Outer Huccaby Ring [NR] (5)

SX 65557443 (7). Outer Huccaby Ring, enclosure, scheduled. (6-7)

Additional bibliography. (8)

A hillslope enclosure situated at SX65547442 in rough moorland within Brimpts Outer Newtake.
Survey and field report by source (4) are basically correct, with the following additions.
Medieval/Post Medieval cornditch-type boundaries(SX 67 SE 97) join the Ring in four places (A,B,C and D) in such a way as to suggest that their layout as fields is influenced by the orientation of the Ring. Further, the SW external and NE internal scarps of the enclosure are longer and more prominent than those on the remainder of the circuit (SW internal scarp has visually gone) strongly suggestive of lynchet formation and ploughing inside the Ring. Rig and furrow visible on AP's (9b) and just discernible on the ground NW,W and S of the Ring lends support to use of the Ring as part of this general field group of late date (see SX 67 SE 97).

An "entrance" at the SE corner cannot be called original; as inner scarp survives suggesting it is a breach to gain access to the interior probably is a later, agricultural use of the Ring.

The leat which cuts the NW and SE sides of the Ring is the Brimpts Mine Leat (SX 67 SE 134), a C19th feature connected with tin mining.

Outer Huccaby Ring belongs to a class of hillslope enclosures generally regarded as prehistoric. There is no evidence to suggest that it is specifically Iron Age (contra authority 2) (9)

Scheduled. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Discovering regional archaeology : south-western England
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 PP 11-NOV-1988
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Source Number : 9a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : OS 72/066/049 (17-APR-1972)
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Source Number : 10
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 30-Sep-03
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Source : Outer Huccaby Ring and environs/ink survey
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Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : OS/75/298 091 1st July 1975
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 06-MAR-80
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Source Number : 4a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : NMR SF 1133 367-9 19.10.1976
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Source Number : 4b
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : F6158 6399 302.7.64
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Source Number : 5
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:10000 1982
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE(IAM) Anc Mons Eng 2 1978 47
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Source Number : 7
Source : Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology : Sites and Monuments Register and Parish Check Lists
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : High Dartmoor 1983 (E Hemery)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric
Display Date : Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -500000
Monument Type : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 800
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 34462
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SE 20
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SE 20
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-03-06
End Date : 1980-03-06