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HER Number:MDV27233
Name:Enclosure east of Smith Hill Farm


Prehistoric enclosure including a hut circle to the east of Smith Hill Farm


Grid Reference:SX 636 753
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Vegetation mark of a Bronze Age enclosure including a hut circle 290 metres east of Smith Hill Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 884203
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/193
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW197
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX67NW197 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346614.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6375, 4/340-52 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346613.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NW (Cartographic). SDV346612.

Agglomerated enclosure appearing as a vegetation mark including a hut circle and comprising about five elements. It is not clear whether these are contemporary. Centred at SX63677536 a field system of about 3 hectares in area, is visible on aerial photographs as a group of 3 or 4 contiguous field plots and linear walls. It lies on a fairly steep south facing slope and is almost completely buried under a layer of peat and moorland turf. It is bisected by the Brimpts Mine leat. All that can be identified on the ground are a few linear parchmarks and a number of isolated earthfast boulders which indicate the line of the buried dwelling.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North (Monograph). SDV219155.

Not shown on maps.

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

Enclosure east of Smith Hill Farm was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 98.

English Heritage, 2005, Medieval Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345602.

Shown as a circular Medieval feature.

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

Standard polygon shown to the east of Smith Hill Farm.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Circular feature visible on the 2010 aerial photography, which is thought to be the enclosure.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 884203 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346615.

A large sub-circular enclosure at SX63597534 is probably the `hut' noted by the Royal Commission. It lies at the foot of a shallow dry valley and is partially levelled into the slope measuring 16 metres by 14 metres overall it has ragged turf-covered earth and stone walling about 2.8 metres wide and a maximum 0.5 metres high; it has been mutilated and disturbed perhaps by the leat cutters. Its size and situation ssuggest that it is probably not a hut, however, it may be an animal pound and is almost certainly of Prehistoric origin.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345602Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Medieval Survey Information. English Heritage Report. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85656 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346613Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6375. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4/340-52.
SDV346614Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX67NW197. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346615National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 884203. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV27232Parent of: Hut Circle in Enclosure east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)
MDV29151Related to: LEAT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 9:46AM