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HER Number:MDV22775
Name:Small enclosure with huts Legistor Warren, Sheepstor

Summary

A small sub-circular enclosure measuring 7.0 metres north-west to south-east by 10 metres. It is enclosed by a rubble wall 1.5 metres wide and 0.7 metres high. There is no identifiable entrance (2005). Gerrard (1993) records two small huts attached to the enclosure, both measuring 2.0 - 3.0 metres in diameter with walls 0.9 metres wide (0.3-0.4 metres high).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 571 652
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE153
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438929
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/363/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 591
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289
  • Old SAM Ref: 10703

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, 106G/UK/1190, 4259 (Aerial Photograph). SDV170515.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE153 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV277800.

(12/02/1979) SX 5717 6527 On the south slopes of Legis Tor is a sub-circular enclosure 7.5m internal diameter with a hut attached to its north-east side. The walling is 1.5m wide and 0.5m high and of rubble construction. The entrance is to the south-west and the general condition is poor.
The attached hut is 2.0m in diameter internally with walling 1.0m thick and 0.4m high. It has a south-east entrance, a levelled interior and is in poor condition. The hut 15.0m to the north (MDV50654) is also very ruined. Its internal diameter is 5.0m, the walling being 0.6m thick and 0.4m high. No entrance is visible. Only the enclosure is visible on the air photograph (OS/219/369 75). Discovered during field investigation. Surveyed at 1:10 00 on P.F.D.

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

Remains of the south-east circuit of enclosure, with two hut circles attached, one each at the termination of walling visible on the aerial photographs. Detached hut circle to the south-east at SX 5713 6526.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130850 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) Small oval enclosure and stone hut circles forming part of an extensive Prehistoric settlement is situated on the south facing slope of Legis Tor overlooking the valley of the River Plym.
The enclosure measures internally 8.2m long by 6.45m wide and is defined by a coursed rubble wall 1.6m wide and up to 0.6m high.
Attached to the outer face of the eastern wall is a stone hut circle of the simple plan and coursed walling type. The interior of this building measures 2.1m in diameter and is defined by a 0.9m wide and 0.4m high wall. The doorway faces east.
The second stone hut circle is attached to the western outer face of the enclosure, and is of the simple plan and rubble bank walling type. The interior of this structure measures 2.9m in diameter and the surrounding wall measures 0.9m wide and stands up to 0.3m high. A length of boundary wall situated 15m east of the enclosure may have once been linked to this structure.

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

The low banked oval enclosure '12' of 9.7 metres by 7.0 metres between Settlements 'A' and 'B' at Legis Tor is likely to have been an unroofed pen.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Enclosure is visible; hut(s) are less definitive.

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

(07/02/2005) Centred SX 5715 6528. Three hut circles and an enclosure on the southern flank of Legis Tor above the right bank of the River Plym (see related records).
The sub-circular enclosure, at SX 5717 6527 is small measuring 7.0m north-west to south-east by 10m. It is enclosed by a rubble wall 1.5m wide and 0.7m high. There is no identifiable entrance.

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.

Only the enclosure is shown on the GIS survey layer.

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

A pair of hut circles are shown on modern mapping at this location.

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

Within Scheduled area.

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.
SDV170515Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. 106G/UK/1190. Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4259.
SDV277800Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE153. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130850.
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.
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123885 ]
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.
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

MDV43604Related to: Hut with later annexes in settlement south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV43603Related to: Northern of two small hut circles south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50654Related to: Robbed hut in settlement south 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 27 2021 9:49AM