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HER Number:MDV126883
Name:Hut within enclosure 'A' in settlement at Willings Walls Warren, Shaugh Prior


Hut circle '1' within Enclosure 'A' (Butler) at settlement at Willings Walls Warren obscured by debris, this hut measures around 6.8 metres diameter


Grid Reference:SX 580 658
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 71
  • Pastscape: 438704

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1190, 4259 (Aerial Photograph). SDV340833.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE71, SX56NE71 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV151920.

Visited on 31st May 1950. The walls are composed of partly turf covered stones, average width of walls 3.0 metres, height 0.8 metres. Eleven hut circles are visible with diameters varying between 3.7 – 7.5 metres.
Visited on 21st June 1977. A settlement of six integrated enclosures, situated at the end of a ridge on a gentle well drained slope at 265 metres OD.
Enclosure 'A' at SX 5794 6580. The interior, which has been cleared, contains a D-shaped yard or hut 3.5 metres by 2.0 metres, built against the south-west extremity of the enclosure wall and five huts. These have average internal diameters of 5.5 metres with walling 1.2 metres wide, and are in poor condition; two have entrances to the south and southeast, marked by jambs 0.7 metres apart. One hut is built on the line of the wall and another is built against the wall; all are terraced into the slope.

National Monuments Record, 1983, NMR SF2134, 55-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV238551.

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

Ten element agglomerated enclosure, six free standing hut circles within enclosure. Ten hut circles attached to enclosure walls.

Pye, A., 1992, Archaeological Watching Brief on the ECC Lee Moor works leat corridor in the Upper Plym Valley, 7 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV165953.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 115-116, Map 49, fig 49.4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Hut circle '1' of circa 6.5 metres diameter on the east side of Enclosure 'A' at 'Willings Walls Warren North'. It is shown with an internal division running west to east.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(04/04/2002) SX 5800 6580. Again obscured by debris, this hut measures around 6.8 metres in internal diameter.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Hut shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1009573 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This agglomerated enclosure lies on a spur above the south bank of the River Plym, south-west of Ditsworthy Clam. It consists of five conjoined enclosures with hut circles and a later longhouse built in the middle. The Lee Moor China Clay Works Leat cuts through the north-western part and it is not included in the scheduling. The agglomeration covers an area of circa 2.7 hectares, defined by enclosure banks of earth and stone up to 2.0 metres in width and 0.5 metres in height. Within the enclosures there are fourteen huts ranging from 4 metres to 11 metres in diameter with walls up to 2.5 metres in width and 0.6 metres in height. Entrances to the huts vary from the north-west to the south-east.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 115-116, Map 49, fig 49.4.
SDV151920Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE71. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX56NE71.
SDV165953Report - Watching Brief: Pye, A.. 1992. Archaeological Watching Brief on the ECC Lee Moor works leat corridor in the Upper Plym Valley. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 92.60. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 7.
SDV238551Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. NMR SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 55-6.
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.
SDV340833Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1190. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4259.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #122796 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1009573.

Associated Monuments

MDV62540Related to: Enclosure 'C' in settlement at Willings Walls Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2021 10:36AM