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HER Number:MDV15292
Name:Group of enclosures in Trowlesworthy Warren

Summary

Three attached enclosures associated with a solitary hut circle with annexe and possible building platform form a small settlement on the lower south-west flank of Little Trowlesworthy Tor. The enclosures vary in size from 30m in diameter to about 12m and are largely bounded by stony banks though the west side of the largest enclosure is marked by a well-defined scarp up to 1.0m high. None of the enclosures contain identifiable original entrances. Two of the enclosures previously recorded as large huts.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 572 643
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 230
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/237
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/237/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/237/5
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232
  • Pastscape: 1360500

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., Map of Trowlesworthy Warren (Cartographic). SDV165949.

Curwen, E. C., 1927, Prehistoric Agriculture in Britain, 282-6 (Article in Serial). SDV173835.

Price, D. G., 1977, Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren, 44, 47, Figure 1 (Article in Serial). SDV150433.

A compound type enclosure on Trowlesworthy Warren. There are four internal enclosures but no clearly definable hut circle. Possible one of 6 metres diameter. Almost free of loose stones. Vermin trap nearby. Enclosure wall visible in form of low mounds, but more recent large walls forming eastern boundary. The internal enclosures may have been for crops.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56SE230 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363609.

(22/05/1977) SX 5720 6431. The fragmentary remains of a possible enclosure or field plot, 26m by 20m is terraced into the slope. The wall, 1.8m wide is constructed of small boulders and has an 11m gap on the south-west side and a 5m gap on the north-east. There is a strong positive lynchet, up to 1.0m high, on the lower side. It is linked by two small, sub-rectangular enclosures, 12m by 9m and 3m by 6m, to a type 2 hut circle, internal diameter 7m wall 1.3m thick, which is terraced into the slope and has a small annex 4m by 3m adjoining on the north-west. There are further, indeterminate remains of walling nearby.

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

Observed on aerial photograph.

Mercer, R. J., 1987, An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986, 20a, c, f (Report - Survey). SDV165948.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140676 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

MPP 140677 (10/04/1995) at SX5720 6430. Simple enclosure within an historic field system. Survives as a 48 metre by 28 metre irregular shaped area surrounded by a 1.5 metre wide and 0.4 metre high rubble bank. At least 4 hut circles are attached to the outer face of the enclosure. The northern part of the enclosure has been subdivided by the addition of a courtyard which measures 13.5 metres by 9.5 metres.
Hut Circle (A) at SX 5722 6432). One of four attached to outer face of enclosure. Conjoined plan and double orthostat walling type. It's interior is 7 metres in diameter and is defined by a 1.5 metre wide wall standing up to 1 metre high. A south facing gap in the hut wall represents a doorway. A 13.5 metre by 9.5 metres trapezoidal shaped courtyard defined by a 1.6 metre wide and 0.4 metre high rubble wall lies immediately southwest of this hut. This is site Number 102 020c in the Nnational Trust Upper Plym inventory.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 158, Map 51, Figure 51.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Prehistoric Enclosure M seems to have consisted of a number of adjoining small pounds associated with hut circles.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 7, 102 020a, c, f (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

(a) Enclosure of 48 metres by 28 metres surrounded by a turf covered bank 1.5 metres wide with a few visible stones. The southern part of the enclosure comprises a cleared area 28 metres by 24 metres with a gap 9.5 metres wide in the south-west sector. The enclosure has five associated hut circles of varying sizes.
(c) Sub-circular turf-covered hut circle represented by a wall of large boulders in east and south sectors and of smaller turf-covered stones in western sector. Wall is barely visible in north-east sector where a steep slope leads to the bank of a ditch. Interior is grassy and level, with some inner facing slabs and orthostats visible. There is an entrance in south-east sector. Diameter 8.40 metres by 7.10 metres internally and 11.40 metres by 10.10 metres externally with height of 0.20 metres.
(f) Hut circle trapezoidal in plan. Wall consists of small stones contained in a turf mound. No obvious entrance or internal features are discernible. Two small walls, 2 metres long, protrude at right angles from south-east and south west sectors. Diameter 13.50 metres by 9.50 metres internally and 16.90 metres by 12.90 metres externally with walls 0.40 metres high.

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

(23/05/2002) SX 5721 6431. A solitary hut circle, possible building platform and three attached enclosures form a small settlement on the lower south-west flank of Little Trowlesworthy Tor (see related records).
The enclosures vary in size from 30m in diameter to about 12m and are largely bounded by stoney banks though the west side of the largest enclosure is marked by a well-defined scarp up to 1.0m high. None of the enclosures contain identifiable original entrances.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Features shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Features visible on aerial photograph.

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. 158, Map 51, Figure 51.1.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 7, 102 020a, c, f.
SDV150433Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1977. Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 109. 44, 47, Figure 1.
SDV165948Report - Survey: Mercer, R. J.. 1987. An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986. Edinburgh Archaeological Services. A4 Comb Bound. 20a, c, f.
SDV165949Cartographic: Haynes, R. G.. Map of Trowlesworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV173835Article in Serial: Curwen, E. C.. 1927. Prehistoric Agriculture in Britain. Antiquity. 1. 282-6.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140676.
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.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV32061Parent of: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Parent of: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Parent of: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Parent of: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32061Related to: D-shaped platform in settlement, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV15291Related to: Enclosure with huts and later animal pens, Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV52635Related to: Enclosure within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV15294Related to: Enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Parent of: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Parent of: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV32058Related to: Hut with annexe near enclosures within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2532Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (C) within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56764Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (F) south-west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2475Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (H) within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2534Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (J) within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV15293Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (L) within Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2530Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement (B) at Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV15288Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement (D) in Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV15290Related to: Prehistoric Hut Circle Settlement (E) at Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV2507Related to: Prehistoric Settlement (G) near Trowlesworthy Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2020 4:24PM