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HER Number:MDV24769
Name:Enclosure remains on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor


Disconnected fragments of walling from a bronze age settlement to the south-east of a similarly fragmentary settlement (MDV24770) nearer to the River Mardle. Includes remains of a hut circle within its own court (not accurately located).


Grid Reference:SX 681 678
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Fragmentary earthworks and walling of Bronze Age enclosures, hut circles and reaves to the south of Snowdon Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/233
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 405-418 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

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

Agglomerated enclosure visible on 1979 aerial photograph enclosed by a reave that turns 90 degrees at a hut circle at SX68296781. The maximum western extent of the enclosure is SX68036780. There are twelve hut circles visible, and there are at least eight remaining elements to the enclosure, which is about 7 hectares in area. The enclosure is in poor condition and is very fragmented, perhaps because of medieval industrial activity in the area.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 166, Map 58.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Remains of settlement on the north-east flank of Pupers Hill may have been more extensive but now only a few hut circles and sections of disconnected walling remain, mostly due to peat growth (rather than deliberate stone robbing, although some interference has taken place). Surviving structures suggest the enclosures were not very solidly built, mainly a single line of slabs on a low bank too insubstantial to have survived well.
Pupers Hill north-east. Remains of the higher enclosure, just traceable, slightly damaged by a tinners' ditch across one corner, and just outside many of the facing slabs remain in position around a hut circle (roughly 6.5 metres in diameter). The latter, in its own court, has been dug into at the centre.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Some fragments of bank / wall are visible on the lidar data, although some noted by Butler and the Royal Commission (the latter require further verification / accurate plotting) could not be traced.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 405-418.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 166, Map 58.4.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped features: #84820 ; #84821 ; #84822 ; #84823 ; #84824 ; #84825 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV120339Parent of: Hut circle near enclosure bank, north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV120338Parent of: Hut circle within court, north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV120340Related to: Curved earthwork bank near Chalk Ford (Monument)
MDV24748Related to: Earthwork bank on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24746Related to: Rabbit warren north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24770Related to: Settlement south of Snowdon Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2017 12:32PM