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HER Number:MDV26675
Name:Leapra Rings on Shapeley Common


Leapra Rings consists of three possibly Prehistoric circular features on Shapeley Common


Grid Reference:SX 700 826
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Leapra Rings on Shapeley Common; three probable Bronze Age hut circles

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/130
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW36
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX78SW36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346564.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1508, 899 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346563.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX78SW (Cartographic). SDV346261.

Two hut circles visible on aerial photograph. A circular vegetation mark was also recorded.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 162 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Leapra Rings on steeply sloping ground on Shapley Common consist of three roughly circular banks levelled into the hillside. They are 10 - 12 metres in daimeter and over a metre high in places. About a third of the periphery is missing from the northern ring, perhaps not an original feature as neither of the orhters now has any visible entrance and their purposes is uncertain as they are too large for huts. A few slabs set edgeways show above the truf covered banks, occasionally paired and infilled with smaller stones in typically Prehistoric fashion. Other details: Map 23, Site 4.

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

Leapra Rings were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 90.

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

Contained within outline.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 445676 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346565.

Circular cropmark seen on air photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 162. [Mapped feature: #85409 ]
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.
SDV346261Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX78SW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346563Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1508. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 899.
SDV346564Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX78SW36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346565National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445676. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV8803Parent of: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of North Bovey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 28 2013 2:49PM