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HER Number:MDV22772
Name:Enclosure with three huts south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

Kidney shaped enclosure with three huts incorporated into the boundary walls. The enclosure measures 41.5 metres north to south by 27 metres

Location

Grid Reference:SX 574 653
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE148
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438914
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/360
  • Old SAM County Ref: 591
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289
  • Old SAM Ref: 10700

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1976, SX5765, 5/22-245/22-24 (Aerial Photograph). SDV155850.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE148 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV277673.

(20/06/1977) An enclosed hut group with a further five hut circles occupy 0.5 hectares on a south slope at 284.0m. O.D.
The 'kidney' shaped enclosure is 30.0m. by 52.0m. and constructed of large boulders with rubble infill. The walling is 2.0m wide and 0.9m high, though in poor condition. The possible entrances are in the north and south sides. To the north-east of the enclosure amongst the rock clitter is the remains of another enclosure; only 20.0m of walling, 2.0m thick and 0.6m high remains in very poor
condition.
There are eight type 1 huts, two being integrated within the enclosure wall and abutting the external face; the remainder are free standing outside the enclosure. Most of the huts are levelled and have eastern entrances.
The internal diameters are from 4.5m to 7.5m with a mean of 6.0m, with walling averaging 1.2m thick and 0.7m high. The huts at SX 5746 6538 and SX 5745 6533 have entrance porches.
At SX 5747 6534 is a levelled area with some boulders which suggest a hut site, not portrayed at 1:10 000 acale). The huts at SX 5740 6531 and SX 5740 6532
adjoin one another. (Type site: SX 56 SE 19).
No field system or plots are visible. Found during field investigation. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD/AM.

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

Agglomerated enclosure of two elements. Four hut circles attached to interior walls of enclosure. One hut circle attached to exterior wall of southern element. One hut circle freestanding within southeast element. Area 1.9 hectares.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130869 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) Small kidney-shaped enclosure with attached stone hut circles forming part of an extensive prehistoric settlement. Enclosure measures internally 52m north-south by 30m east-west and is defined by a rubble wall 3m wide and up to 0.6m high. Three stone hut circles, composed of circular banks of stone and earth are attached to the enclosure boundary wall.
(NB MPP 22289(p) is a revision of SAM 10700)

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Settlement 'C' at Legis Tor is almost pear shaped with three attached hut circles. The enclosure links patches of surface stone beteen the three small huts of about 3.0 metres diameter on the perimeter.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(07/02/2005) Centred SX 5745 6534. Eight hut circles, two enclosures and fragments of contemporary walling lie on the moderate southern flank of Legis Tor.
Three of the huts are incorporated in the walls of a kidney-shaped enclosure measuring 41.5m north-south by 27m at the northern end of the site. Two further huts lie to the east of this enclosure, while another two huts lie immediately south of the enclosure and are associated with fragments of crude contemporary walling and a solitary hut and adjoining enclosure lie at the south-west of the site at SX 5740 6532. See related records.

Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360517.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

Depicted on the GIS survey layer.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-26 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(02/03/2020) Enclosure located by volunteer recorders. Condition of features assessed as ?moderate, although vegetation encroachment (heavy bracken) is affecting the site.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken during March 2020 visit.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019876 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

A small kidney-shaped enclosure measures internally 52 metres north to south by 30 metres east to west and is defined by a 3 metres wide and 0.6 metres high rubble wall. Three stone hut circles are attached to this enclosure boundary, and they measure between 4 metres and 4.5 metres in diameter and are surrounded by walls standing between 0.6 metres and 0.8 metres high.

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. 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1.
SDV155850Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. SX5765. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 5/22-245/22-24.
SDV277673Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE148. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130869.
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.
SDV360517Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123767 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-26.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019876.

Associated Monuments

MDV3326Part of: Extensive hut circle settlement south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50669Part of: Pound at settlement south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV127308Related to: Enclosure containing pillow mounds at Legistor Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV43599Related to: Hut circle east of enclosure south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50645Related to: Hut south of small enclosure at Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50644Related to: Hut south of small enclosure south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV127496Related to: Hut within enclosure south-east of Legis Tor (Monument)
MDV127495Related to: Hut within enclosure south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV127498Related to: Hut within enclosure south-east of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2021 10:19AM