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HER Number:MDV28503
Name:Scattered group of hut circles on Walkhampton Common

Summary

Centred at SX 56157579 is a widely-spaced group of eight probable hut circles, situated on a slight south-west slope of almost stone-free moorland. Seven are circular and once, 'C', is squarish, but all have similar characteristics in that they have been neatly robbed of almost all their stone content.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 561 757
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of eight scattered Bronze Age hut circles on Walkhampton Common and a World War II mortar emplacement

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 42
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/110
  • Pastscape: 439691
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 31/5/1993 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

World War II mortar emplacement (SX5615 7579). Not recommended for scheduling as a hut circle but may be reviewed later.


Richards, A. F., 2017, Comment regarding huts on Walkhampton Common (Personal Comment). SDV360245.

Grid reference in 1979 details for Hut 'B' may be incorrect; appears to place the hut a long way south towards the road.


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Depicted on the modern mapping.


National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape (Website). SDV359964.

Centred at SX 56157579 is a widely-spaced group of eight probable hut circles, situated on a slight south-west slope of almost stone-free moorland. Seven are circular and once, 'C', is squarish, but all have similar characteristics in that they have been neatly robbed of almost all their stone content. 'A' and 'B' are typical examples.
A: SX 56097578. Circular, with an internal diameter of 4.2 metres the floor flat but 0.3 metres below ground level and an inclined or ramped entrance gap 1.5 metres wide on the north-west. A perimeter bank is 1.0 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, of earth with a little small stone.
B: SX 56247502. Circular, with an internal diameter of 5.3 metres A flat floor 0.3 metres below ground level incorporates some small stones as does the surrounding bank which is 1.3 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high. There are two inclined entrance gaps, one 2.0 metres wide in the north-west and another 3.0 metres wide in the south-west.
C: SX 56067576. Very mutilated, and now 3.7 metres square internally and 0.3 metres deep, apparently dug out from the open south-west side. A corresponding outer bank is 1.3 metres wide and 0.4 metres high.
These previously unrecorded huts were presumably in a similar state in the late 19th century and not considered worthy of mention. They have not suffered archaeological excavation since there is no evidence of spoil heaps and it seems probable that they were robbed of stone during the construction of the newtake wall to the west.
There is no definite field system but from a distance in low light faint and irregular terracing, possibly natural, appears over much of the area.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500 (citing Quinnell, N. V., 20/12/1979, Field Investigators Comments).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 31/5/1993.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped features: #86089 ; #86090 ]
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV360245Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2017. Comment regarding huts on Walkhampton Common. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV119448Related to: Gun emplacement on Walkhampton Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2017 11:55AM