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HER Number:MDV132161
Name:Possible enclosure, Western Beacon


Roughly square enclosure on Ugborough Moor, south-east of Western Beacon, ditch or gully running through it. Potentially prehistoric.


Grid Reference:SX 658 574
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 441226
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: SX65NE52

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds), 1975, Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish, pg 95/215, IDOX (Checklist) (Un-published). SDV340715.

SX659574. Western Beacon, Cantrell, elevation 244 metres. On sloping ground on the southern slope of Wester Beacon, with a south-east aspect and with signs of a spring gully running through.
A walled enclosure oval shaped enclosure measuring about 23 metres by 27.5 metres. Many medium sized stones scattered about inside. Small stones have probably been taken to build the walls of the nearby newtakes.

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

Not recorded.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 20-1, map 53.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Western Beacon south-east enclosures. Enclosure B. Better preserved than the enclosure to the south-east (A), rectangular enclosure measuring 25 by 32 metres. Huts might be expected to survive, but the slope is steep and the interior disturbed by a gully cut across the interior from a spring just outside the perimeter and supplanted from a leat uphill. Otherwise, the circuit is complete, despite some interference, and many of the walling slabs remain in place.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Faintly visible on the aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 20-1, map 53.4.
SDV340715Un-published: Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds). 1975. Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish. Parish Checklist. A4 Stapled. pg 95/215, IDOX (Checklist).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #134735 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24985Related to: Alleged enclosure, Ugborough Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2021 10:56AM