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HER Number:MDV27253
Name:Enclosure in field system west of Laughter Tor, Dartmoor Forest


Agglomerate enclosure to the west of Laughter Tor with several fields and two hut circles.


Grid Reference:SX 650 757
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/215
  • Old SAM County Ref: 34458

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Two 'Hut Circles' and a small enclosure shown on early 20th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX67NE27, SX67NE27, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230121.

Visited on 27th February 1950. Settlement containing hut circles, pounds and field system west of laughter tor.

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF/F62/58/6399, 28-29 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Photograph taken in July 1964.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1509, 212-220 (Aerial Photograph). SDV262885.

Photograph taken on 26th April 1979.

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

Agglomerate enclosure of fragmentary banks covered in heather or bilberry. There are two hut circles and four possible elements. Visible on 1979 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46-47,227, Map 27, Figure 27.10 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Laughter Tor west settlement at SX650758 with two hut circles lies on the western slope of the tor. A pair of huts are at the hub of at least twelve fields which increase in size away from the centre.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Enclosure shown on survey.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Partly visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2022, National Heritage List for England, 1021046 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364675.

The irregular aggregate field system is defined by a series of sinuous low rubble banks, some of which are lynchetted and which together form at least 11 fields, which have been added over a period of time. Two of the stone hut circles sit within the centre of this field system.

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. 46-47,227, Map 27, Figure 27.10.
SDV230121Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX67NE27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX67NE27, Plan.
SDV262885Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 212-220.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF/F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 28-29.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV364675National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2022. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1021046.

Associated Monuments

MDV66335Parent of: Hut circle in settlement west of Laughter Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV66336Parent of: Hut circle in settlement west of Laughter Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6000Part of: Settlement and irregular field system on north west side of Laughter Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2022 10:50AM