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HER Number:MDV13706
Name:Enclosure on Beara Common, South Brent


There is at least one possibly prehistoric enclosure on Beara Common. On slopes of Brent Hill above the enclosure, traces of possible walls or banks run along the contour. The ground is suffering from heavy poaching from livestock.


Grid Reference:SX 701 611
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX76SW61
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1572784
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/95
  • Pastscape: 1572784

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD? (Between))
  • WALL (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD? (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Enclosure, South Brent, Page 662 of 821 (Worksheet). SDV162227.

(25/02/1981) SX 701 611 (approximate). At least one possibly Prehistoric enclosure defined by very ruined wall just west of point where footpath emerges onto Beara Common at SX 7019 6114. The ruined wall mostly follows the contour (approximately south-west by north-east) but at its western end curves southwards to the modern enclosures).
Further up the slope of Brent Hill, a short distance north of this point there are traces of other possible walls or banks running approximately along the contour (no detailed investigation made). Area suffering heavy poaching from cattle.

Environment Agency WMS, 2019, LiDAR DSM data (1m resolution), 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362957.

Roughly square enclosure with rounded corners faintly visible on the lidar data. Measures approximately 45-50m and lies to the north of quarry MDV13678. Remains of walls or banks running along the contours to the north of the enclosure also visible.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV162227Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Enclosure, South Brent. Worksheet. Digital. Page 662 of 821. [Mapped feature: #129343 ]
SDV362957Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 2019. LiDAR DSM data (1m resolution), 2019. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #5293 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 23 2021 12:21PM