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HER Number:MDV14547
Name:Building in hut circle settlement at Hentor Warren

Summary

Rectangular building in hut circle settlement, that was built using stone from two of the huts. Previously identified as a longhouse, it has since been redefined as a probable shepherd's hut of post-medieval date.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 582 658
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 150
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/145
  • Old SAM County Ref: 493
  • Old SAM Ref: 24230(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHEPHERDS HUT (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE73 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152018.

Hut circle D (MDV3458) was virtually destroyed by the construction of a small rectangular building (now in ruins).


Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1978, Field Investigators Comments-building at Hentor Warren (Report - Survey). SDV152019.

A small rectangular building of coursed dry-stone walling stands on a flattish northeast slope between two of the outlying huts associated with the enclosed settlement (SX 56 NE 73). It appears to be a post-Medieval structure, possibly a shepherd's hut. Internally the walls measure 7.2 metres by 3.2 metres and they are 0.9 metres wide and 0.7 metres high, entered from the south.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.


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

Not visible 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140405, 16/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

This rectangular building at SX58246584 is considered to be of historic date and material used in its construction was taken from two nearby abandoned hut circles. Interior measures 6.6 metres by 3.5 metres and is defined by a 1.2 metre wide and 0.7 metre high coursed drystone wall. Doorway leads through the lower long wall, is 1 metre wide and faces south-south-west. Proximity of this structure to tin streamwork earthworks may suggest that it was associated with tinworking, although it may have served the rabbit warren or have been a transhumance hut.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 118-21/102 Map 49.7 (Monograph). SDV137656.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, 212-3/102 820 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.


Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey, 23/04/2002 (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Centred at SX 58236584. The remains of a rectangular structure with an annex probably occupy the site of an earlier hut circle within the fragments of a prehistoric enclosure. It measures 7.0 metres east to west by 3.0 metres internally with a possible entrance in the centre of the south side. The walls are 1.0 metre wide and stand 0.5 metres high and the interior of this structure lies 0.3 metres below the outside ground level. The annex, immediately to the north measures 3.9 metres by 3.5 metres and may also lie on the site of a former hut circle. There is no evidence to suggest an origin or function for these structures though it seems likely that they relate to post medieval activities in this area.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Building is depicted on the modern mapping.

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. 118-21/102 Map 49.7.
SDV152018Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE73. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV152019Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1978. Field Investigators Comments-building at Hentor Warren. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. 212-3/102 820.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140405, 16/4/1995.
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.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. 23/04/2002.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81283 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3458Related to: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 22 2016 2:32PM