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HER Number:MDV26134
Name:Fragmented prehistoric enclosure 350 metres south-west of Gobbett Tin Mine, Dartmoor Forest


Fragments of a large agglomerated enclosure of seven or eight elements cut by the Wheal Emma Leat. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 643 724
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Large Bronze Age agglomerated enclosure of seven or eight enclosures, containing at least one hut circle 350 meters south-west of Gobbett Tin Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW44
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/325
  • Pastscape: 443361
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6472, 3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV245616.

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

Fragments of a large agglomerated enclosure of seven or eight elements, containing one hut circle. The enclosure is cut by a leat.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 207-208, Map 62, Figure 62.2 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Extensive prehistoric settlement and field system at 'Deep Swincombe East 2'.

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.

Field system shown on survey.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443361, SX67SW44 (Website). SDV363416.

A hut circle is situated on the north-east margin of a small field group of irregular fields which can be seen clearly in the well-grazed moorland pasture to the west and south-west. The system is incomplete, having been affected by stone removal and probable peat-cutting on the north and north-east. The surviving portion occupies circa 3.2 hectares. Its development appears piecemeal, with irregular fields, only three of which are complete, of between 0.25 and 1 hectares in area. At the south end of the group is a short length of trackway/lane between parallel boundaries 2.5-3.5 metres apart and running south-west to north-east for circa 50 metres. The field boundaries vary in preservation. Towards the north end they are lynchets with scattered stone, 1.5 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. To the south-east of the Wheal Emma Leat which cuts through the group they are fragmentary lines of medium and large-size stones. The remainder better preserved lines and banks of medium-large size rubble, sometimes accompanied by slight lynchetting downslope, averaging 1.5 metres wide by 0.4 metres high. A band of dense clitter runs north to south across the southern central part if the group.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV245616Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6472. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3.
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.
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. 207-208, Map 62, Figure 62.2.
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. [Mapped feature: #85187 ]
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443361, SX67SW44.

Associated Monuments

MDV6345Parent of: Hut circle 370 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26132Related to: Enclosure of four fields east of Deep Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6344Related to: Hut circle on south side of track, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54444Related to: Hut circle to east of leat, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV128976Related to: Prehistoric settlement east of Deep Swincombe, 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:Jan 15 2021 12:25PM