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HER Number:MDV26160
Name:Natural feature west of Babeny Farm


An enclosure was alleged from 1985 air photos. Field investigation (1993) could not detect the feature.


Grid Reference:SX 664 751
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Bronze Age settlement 580 metres west of Babeny, comprising a circular enclosure with at least one internal hut circle and further huts outside and further fragments of boundary walls

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE214
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 890941
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/141
  • Pastscape: 890941

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1307-1308 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

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

Possible enclosure not very clearly visible on 1946 aerial photograph. Fills the field which it is retained.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(15/11/1993) Centred SX 66457516. An alleged enclosure on the steeply sloping east-facing slope above the right bank of the East Dart River 720m west of Babeny farmhouse. There are no ground evidence to suggest the presence of this feature. There are no stoney banks and the only scraps visible in this area are the result of animal burrowing.
A well preserved example of a sub-circular prehistoric enclosure (SX 67 NE 31 / SX67NE/84) lies immediately to the south.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

(2002) Considered under the Monument Protection Programme but no ground evidence.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1307-1308.
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.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV6096Related to: Enclosure 670 metres west of Babeny (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8634 - Brimpts Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 4 2022 10:25AM