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HER Number:MDV27670
Name:Settlement north-east of Smith Hill Farm


Prehistoric settlement with associated field system to the north-east of Smith Hill Farm


Grid Reference:SX 637 756
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of prehistoric field systems and hut circle settlements, as well as funerary monuments above the Cherry Brook Valley, medieval field system west of Outer Huccaby Ring and deserted Coxlake farmstead as well as the Brimpts Tin Mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: =SX67NW107
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/214
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW107
  • Pastscape: 442803
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6375, 340-352 (Aerial Photograph). SDV247982.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1509, 221-224 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346618.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

Centred at SX63807565 are fragments of a field system covering approximately 8 hectares of a south facing moorland slope, with at least four hut circles. The field system is represented by turf covered stony banks 1.2 to 2.0 metres wide with a maximum height of 0.6 metres, presents an amorphous pattern with irregular fields of between 0.04 and 1.0 hectares. It is likely that much detail remains obscured by peat and vegetation which would have made this site more extensive than currently visible. The apparently unconnected fields 50 metres south of this site are probably part of it. The series of banks forming enclosures or fields are fragmentary and appear as vegetation marks. There is one hut circle at SX63667564 attached to the external wall of a possible enclosure; a hut circle at the end of a bank at SX63867583; and two hut circles at SX63887559 and SX63897558 within an enclosure which are within this area. One bank from this system almost meets the banks of another field system to the north-west, which maybe contemporary or related.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Dunna Brook settlements to the north and west of the mire around Dunna Brook spring both of which are much damaged by the pillage of stones from their walls. This western settlement is centred around a square enclosure containing a medium sized free standing hut of 6 metres diameter with an annexe of 3.2 metres diameter attached and perhaps a second small building of 3 metres diameter in the western corner. Separate banks to north and south show that the original area extended further up and down the slope. Other details: Map 27, Site 12.

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

Prehistoric settlement east of Smith Hill Farm was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 121.

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

Settlement and field system outlined.

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

Outline of settlement shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442803 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346897.

Settlement and field system with hut circles. Three definite hut circles (A-C) are grouped near the eastern margin of the system with a further isolated hut (D) to the north. Two possible huts (E and F) are situated in the south-west quadrant of the site. A cairn lies within the north-east part of the site while three cists are visible just outside the fields.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Hut Circles' shown on modern mapping.

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.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV247982Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6375. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 340-352.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85847 ]
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346618Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 221-224.
SDV346897National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442803. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5892Parent of: Hut Circles north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)
MDV5951Related to: Cairn 7 or Hut Circle south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5950Related to: Cairn 8 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5890Related to: Cist and Cairn 6 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV27216Related to: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV25984Related to: Leat supplying Brimpts Tin Mines (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2014 2:47PM