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HER Number:MDV13182
Name:Erme Pound Central Enclosure 'B', Harford


Central prehistoric Enclosure 'B' (Butler) at Erme Pound with many internal features including hut circles and small fields


Grid Reference:SX 638 656
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/77

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Enclosure shown at 'Erme Pound' on 19th century map with many internal features..

Hankin, C. F., 1978, Hut circle settlement in Erme Valley (Worksheet). SDV156569.

Site visited on 18th October 1978. South of Erme Pound; on broken, stony ground sloping down to the River Erme. The site is bounded by the south wll of Erme Pound and by the wall of another large enclosure on the south. A complicated series of small enclosures of comparatively modern date which appear to have been built on the site of prehistoric pounds of the usual Dartmoor type. A complex system of low walls, enclosing small areas of ground contiguous one with another, spread over an area 130 metres by 50 metres steep sloping ground parallel to the river. Remains of at least five hut circles can be traced; with diameters of 5-6metres, built up on platforms on the steep slope. One of the hut circles is 20 metres above the gateway of Erme Pound: diameter 6 metres, double walls, with a large stone standing prominently on the south side. The other hut circles have no particular feature.

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

Visible on aerial photograph and recorded .

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 73-74, Map 55, Figure 55.6 (Monograph). SDV337765.

The central 'Enclosure 'B' at the prehistoric Erme Pound has several small courts around the edge with one or more tiny circles of 1.5 to 3 metres across in each court which were probably store houses. A free standing 'Hut 3' at the centre is 3.9 metres diameter and 'Hut 4' on a knoll overlooking the lower part of the settlement is 5.2 metres in diameter.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Central enclosure at Erme Pound shown with at least six hut circles and many other features.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 2 , Figure 12 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Part of the Erme Pound settlement complex.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV156569Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1978. Hut circle settlement in Erme Valley. Harford Parish Checklist.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 73-74, Map 55, Figure 55.6.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #122146 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13181Parent of: Hut circle within Enclosure 'B' at Erme Pound, Harford (Monument)
MDV126632Parent of: Series of enclosures and possible hut circles on the south-west side of Enclosure 'B' at Erme Pound, Harford (Monument)
MDV126633Parent of: Small D-shaped feature in the centre of Enclosure 'B' at Erme Pound, Harford (Monument)
MDV126634Parent of: Two irregular shaped adjoining enclosures with enclosed circles on the north-east side of Enclosure 'B' at Erme Pound, Harford (Monument)
MDV126631Parent of: Two small adjoining enclosures on the north side of Enclosure 'B' at Erme Pound, Harford (Monument)
MDV5109Part of: Erme Pound enclosed hut circle settlement, Harford (Monument)
MDV5110Related to: Erme Pound northern Enclosure 'C' , Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Oct 11 2019 3:21PM