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HER Number:MDV26484
Name:Enclosures north-west of Brake Corner


Prehistoric enclosures to the north-west of Brake Corner


Grid Reference:SX 699 717
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric enclosure to the north-west of Brake Corner

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/435
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2378 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

A possible rectangular enclosure or a field visible on aerial photograph.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67SE (Cartographic). SDV345957.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 117 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Brake Corner enclosure. Circa 300 metres north of Brake Corner the track cuts through a reave which emerges from below the field wall just short of a row of flat slabs covering a drain from the spring uphill. The reave continues below the track where it has been reinforced to form the east side of a roughly square enclosure. Enclosure A: at 91 metres by 83 metres has neatly rounded corners. The side walls are up to 1.5 metres high and spread to 4 metres across with occasional slabs visible within the bank. The contour banks are up to 3 metres high within the uphill side though little above ground level outside. The slope is particularly steep and long-term cultivation has loosened the soil which has gradually washed downhill within the enclosure. The interior has been cleared of surface stone. A rectangular compound has been built on the uphill side within the enclosure having an entrance to the east. It might have been expected to have contained the dwellings but nothing remains apart from two or three circular levelled areas and a short section of walling against the west bank. Enclosure B: is of similar size but the surrounding wall is of a much slighter construction though also typically of the Bronze Age. A single line of slabs embedded in a low bank surrounds an irregular shaped field, uncleared of surface stone. If the enclosure was intended to contain livestock this feeble boundary must have been reinforced in some way, perhaps by hedging. Other details: Map 11, Site 2, Figure 11.1.

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

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Prehistoric enclosures at Brake Corner were considered for Designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 44.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2378.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 117.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85315 ]
SDV345957Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67SE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV78909Related to: Enclosure and Field System west of Poundsgate (Monument)
MDV8030Related to: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2013 11:49AM