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HER Number:MDV129143
Name:Hut circle within enclosed settlement north of Old Hill, South Brent


Northern hut circle '3' (Butler) within enclosed settlement north of Old Hill


Grid Reference:SX 667 631
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE38
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/82
  • Old SAM County Ref: 1013
  • Pastscape: 441879
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1890 2278-9 & 2494 4045-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photographs taken on 10th December 1946 and 11th March 1948.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV151046.

Site visited in October 1977. Pound and hut circles found as described. The pound wall is about 0.5 metres high.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Site visited on 19th March 1984. Enclosure semi-circular in shape with a hut circle attached to internal wall.

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

Visible on 1946 aerial phtograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 106, Map 57, Figure 57.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Middle Brook Lower enclosure' is in poor condition and has been disturbed. The main building seems to have been a free standing Hut Circle '3' of 7.0 metres diameter near the centre.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Enclosure shown as 'Homestead' on modern mapping with two hut circles.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1003200 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This monument includes an enclosed stone hut circle settlement with an outlying stone hut circle situated on the lower northern slopes of Old Hill within the valley of the Middle Brook close to its confluence with Bala Brook. The enclosed stone hut circle settlement survives as an oval enclosure approximately 39 metres long by 29 metres wide internally containing up to four stone hut circles, three are attached to the southern enclosure wall and the fourth is free standing. The stone hut circles vary in size internally from approximately 3 metres up to 7 metres in diameter and like the enclosure are defined by low walls of up to 1.7 metres wide and 0.5 metres high with occasional larger stones. To the east a short curving length of additional walling extends on the outside of the enclosure.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441879, SX66SE38 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 14th April 1950. Enclosure and two hut circles. Enclosure measures 40 metres by 32 metres. Southern hut circle 9.0 metres diameter. Northern 7.0 metres. Condition fragmentary.
Field investigation on 26th july 1977. Two enclosed hut circles are on the north-east facing slopes of Old Hill at 310.0 metres OD. The enclosure, measuring 39.0 metres by 29.0 metres internally has ruined walling, 1.6 metres thick and turf covered, with a maximum height of 0.4 metres. The northern hut is fragmentary and of indeterminate type. The southern hut is possible Type 2, internal diameter 7.0 metres, with walls 1.7 metres thick with a possible entrance on the south.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151046Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist. South Brent Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
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. 106, Map 57, Figure 57.4. [Mapped feature: #127351 ]
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 1890 2278-9 & 2494 4045-6.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1003200.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441879, SX66SE38.

Associated Monuments

MDV5783Part of: Enclosed hut circle settlement north of Old Hill, South Brent (Monument)
MDV5754Related to: Enclosed hut circle settlement east of Bala Brook, South Brent (Monument)
MDV25667Related to: Hut circle settlement north of Bala Brook, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 30 2020 9:13AM