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HER Number:MDV120061
Name:Hut circle south of oval prehistoric enclosure south of the Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford


Large hut circle south of the reservoir, appears to have been recorded first in the 1950s. Depicted on the modern mapping. Not scheduled.


Grid Reference:SX 646 591
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NW3
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NW/41

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1982, SX65NW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148162.

There is a hut circle 9 feet in diameter, with an entrance on the south-west side, position is shown on the field sheet.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6459, 1/226-228 (Aerial Photograph). SDV168294.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1980, Harford Parish Checklist, 1976-1977 (estimated) (Worksheet). SDV149931.

This occupation site has almost been destroyed by the building of a reservoir in 1914. An enclosure and a group of hut circles on the left (south) side of the Butter Brook stood on ground now within the fenced area, planted with conifers, reserved by the Water Authority (see MDV2882).
This hut circle is the only one that remains now and is on the open moor. Very well defined, the surviving stones are of the standing type. The door jamb on the south side is a very good specimen.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Only one hut circle visible on 1976 National Monuments Record aerial photograph at SX64605915 close to what is part of an enclosure.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 19, Map 53, Figure 53.2 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Hut Circle 1' of 7.5 metres diameter with a tall stone at the southern entrance which remains outside the 'plantation' fence.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Depicted on the modern mapping. Map object is based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148162Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1982. SX65NW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1980. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital. 1976-1977 (estimated).
SDV168294Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 1/226-228.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 19, Map 53, Figure 53.2.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #79365 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV120059Related to: Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford (Monument)
MDV34193Related to: Curved enclosure bank south-west of Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford (Monument)
MDV25311Related to: Enclosure south of the Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford (Monument)
MDV2882Related to: Hut circles south of the Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford (Monument)
MDV28952Related to: Leat on Harford Moor (Monument)
MDV34192Related to: Remains of an enclosure south of the Butter Brook Reservoir, Harford (Monument)
MDV2849Related to: Unenclosed hut circle settlement on Harford Moor, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7427 - Archaeological survey of woodlands near Butterbrook Reservoir

Date Last Edited:Mar 27 2023 3:33PM