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HER Number:MDV19550
Name:Hut circle settlement south of Stannon


At least three huts located in 1989 survey on a steep east slope which is covered with a quantity of clitter and boulders.


Grid Reference:SX 649 804
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of three Bronze Age hut circles and fragments of medieval or later leats on Stannon Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SW71
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 621550
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/84

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277352.

Des=worksheet. Vis=18/10/1982 (greeves) Ruined group of at least 7 prehistoric hut-circles south of Stannon Farm on the west side of Stannon Brook, centred at SX 64978040. Several have been damaged by the digging of an unfinished leat course which appears to pass through one and between two others. There are also traces of enclosures and field walls associated with them.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277353.

Des=dnp survey drawing 1:10560/(-/10/1982)/in parish file.

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

Not visible on RAF 1947 aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(22/2/1989) Of the seven hut circles recorded by Greeves (1982), only three, centred at
SX 64978042, were identified with a degree of certainty. All are on a steep E slope which is covered with a quantity of clitter and boulders.
Each is visible as a fairly level platform, approximately circular, and between 4.2m and 5.8m in diameter. There may be some natural element to the platform but the impression is of cutting into the slope. In each instance the lower side is revetted by a semi-circle of single stones, 0.3m to 0.6m high, which may incorporate 'grounders'. Similar in-situ boulders seem to demarcate the upper side of each platform although they may not have been structural elements. There is no evidence of internal or external facing slabs.
No entrances are apparent but the steepness of the hillside suggests they would have been on the N, or, more probably, S sides.
There may have been some robbing of material for the adjacent newtake wall, and the hut at SX 64988042 has been disturbed by a leat (SX 68 SW 76).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277352Migrated Record:
SDV277353Migrated Record:
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.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV119079Related to: Fragment of leat on Stannon Hill (Monument)
MDV19553Related to: Hut circle settlement on Merripit Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8649 - Little Stannon Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8650 - Great Stannon Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:May 10 2022 3:00PM