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HER Number:MDV13260
Name:Large, indistinct enclosure on Dockwell Ridge


A large, roughly circular enclosure with at least one associated hut circle on Dockwell Ridge. This enclosure has been cut through by a later corn ditch. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 683 638
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of a Bronze Age settlement on Dockwell Ridge, comprising enclosures with associated hut circles

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/127
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2277-2278 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6863/2, 60-62 (Aerial Photograph). SDV145076.

Robinson, R., 1978, Woolholes enclosed hut groups (Dockwell Ridge) (Worksheet). SDV145074.

Enclosure (Pound B) and hut circles, Woolholes. This pound is very fragmentary and indistinct . It appears to touch pound A and has been built over by a cornditch wall. It may have been robbed for the building of this wall. The enclosure measures 58.0 meters (north-south) and 63.0 meters (east-west). The walls are 0.25 meters high or less, about 1.0 meter wide, overgrown with bracken and bilberry as is the interior of the pound.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Enclosure faintly seen on National Monuments Record 1976 and Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs, cut by cornditch SX66SE/414, with one possible incorporated hut circle. Appears to cut or join another enclosure SX66SE/.

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

A newtake wall cuts through the lowest pound of this group on Dockwell Ridge, in order to attempt to enclose a particularly stony area above the left bank of the River Avon. This enclosure has a single hut circle on the north-east perimeter, and another circle with an adjoining annex just outside of the walls, also to the north-east.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2277-2278.
SDV145074Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1978. Woolholes enclosed hut groups (Dockwell Ridge). South Brent Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV145076Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6863/2. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 60-62.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. 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.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80834 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV78973Parent of: Hut circle in large enclosure, Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV5712Related to: Enclosure with hut circles on Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV25719Related to: Enclosure with two hut circles, Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV78974Related to: Hut circle outside enclosure on Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV25711Related to: Partial enclosure on Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV5714Related to: Small enclosure with hut circle, Dockwell Ridge (Monument)
MDV5713Related to: Small enclosure with hut circles on Dockwell Ridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2012 2:39PM