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HER Number:MDV14307
Name:Hut circle settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge

Summary

Group of small huts which survive as circular or oval banks on Walkhampton Common. A lynchet within the settlement may indicate the presence of fields or enclosures which now survive largely as buried features. Two small pits lying within the monument are between 0.7 metres and 0.8 metres deep and were probably associated with historic prospecting activities on Walkhampton Common. Surveyed in 1950, 1980 and 2007.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 572 729
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 27
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/20
  • Old SAM County Ref: 936
  • Old SAM Ref: 28734
  • Pastscape: 440101

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE27, 28/9/1950 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272811.

A group of seven small huts. See related records for detail.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 22, Map 44.4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted by Butler; one of a group of overgrown huts on Walkhampton Common. Numerous pits in the vicinity, but huts appear to have avoided serious damage.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

The monument includes a stone hut circle settlement situated on a gentle south west facing slope overlooking the Yes Tor Brook.
The settlement includes at least seven stone hut circles which survive as circular or oval banks each surrounding an internal area which varies from 7 square metres to 19.6 square metres, with the average being 10 square metres. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.3 metres and 0.6 metres, with the average being 0.4 metres. All of the huts have visible doorways. A lynchet within the settlement may indicate the presence of fields or enclosures which now survive largely as buried features.
Two small pits lying within the monument are between 0.7 metres and 0.8 metres deep and were probably associated with historic prospecting activities on Walkhampton Common.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 1980 and 2007 data (Website). SDV360651.

On a south-west slope at 380 metres OD are seven hut circles of Type 2. All are in poor condition and lie within an area of quarry pits.
The level interiors of the huts have diameters measuring from 2.8 metres to 4.2 metres with entrances facing south; walling averages 1.0 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. There are no associated fields or plots in the area. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500 (citing Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments, 16/06/1980).
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This unenclosed hut settlement lies in open grass moorland. Recorded and surveyed at 1:2500 scale (citing Fletcher, M. J., 29/07/2007, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 22, Map 44.4.
SDV272811Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 28/9/1950.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1980 and 2007 data.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. [Mapped feature: #114458 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3750Parent of: Hut A in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3751Parent of: Hut B in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3752Parent of: Hut C in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3754Parent of: Hut D in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3753Parent of: Hut E in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3755Parent of: Hut F in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV3749Parent of: Hut G in settlement 900 metres west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 7 2018 11:26AM