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HER Number:MDV25568
Name:Settlement 750 meters north of Fox Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

A prehistoric settlement consisting of four small hut circles and fragments of a possible linking wall or boundary of some sort. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 627 713
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of a Bronze Age settlements north-west of Fox Tor Farm, as well as medieval or later streamworking, open cuts and tinners' buildings

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1050456
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/156
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1985, Settlement north of Fox Tor Farm (Site Visit). SDV278986.

Group of at least three small hut circles, with fragments of a short linking wall. One hut lies above the Wheal Emma Leat, the other two below it and a length of prehistoric wall runs to the west (SX 67 SW /157). Further details and sketch plan on worksheet. Other details: Worksheet and sketch.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, 16/06/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

Centred SX 62757132. A settlement containing four hut circles and fragments of field wall lies on the steep west-facing slope above the right bank of the River Swincombe some 1300 metres east of Whiteworks. The huts are terraced into the hillside and possess low stoney walls which have been partially removed to provide stone for a nearby enclosure wall. The internal diameters are small, around 3.0 metres, and no entrances are apparent. A low stoney bank links two of the huts and forms the west edge of the site. The eastern, upslope, extent of activity is truncated by the Wheal Emma Leat. The construction of the latter has involved the removal of portable stone from the hillside above it effectively obliterating all earlier remains. Three small cairns consisting of stone removed from the huts lie adjacent to the enclosure wall.
Hut 1. SX 62747129 diameter 2.8 metres, walls 0.6 metres wide, 0.3 metres high. Partially overlain by leat bank.
Hut 2. SX 62747130 diameter 2.9 metres, walls 0.9 metres wide, 0.4 metres high. Sloping interior.
Hut 3. SX 62747133 diameter 3.0 metres, walls 0.8 metres wide, 0.3 metres high. Robbed.
Hut 4. SX 62747134 diameter 3.4 metres, walls 0.8 metres wide, 0.2 metres high. Robbed.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Feature shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Settlement' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV278986Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1985. Settlement north of Fox Tor Farm. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. 16/06/1995.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV129461Parent of: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129462Parent of: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129463Parent of: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26066Parent of: Wall at settlement north of Fox Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV76717Related to: Hut circle settlement north of Fox Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129468Related to: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129469Related to: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129470Related to: Hut circle within settlement north of Fox Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV25569Related to: REAVE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6268Related to: Wheal Emma Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7062 - Survey of the Wheal Emma Leat, Dartmoor
  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe

Date Last Edited:Dec 9 2020 12:45PM