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HER Number:MDV2916
Name:Western Beacon enclosure, Ugborough Moor


Roughly rectangular enclosure with a spring gulley running through it. No sign of hut circles inside.


Grid Reference:SX 658 574
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monument Record, 1969, SX6657, 1 / 1-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV166652.

Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds), 1975, Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish, page 95/215, IDOX (Checklist) (Un-published). SDV340715.

SX659574. Western Beacon, Cantrell, elevation 244 metres. On sloping ground on the southern slope of Wester Beacon, with a south-east aspect and with signs of a spring gully running through.
A walled enclosure oval shaped enclosure measuring about 23 metres by 27.5 metres. Many medium sized stones scattered about inside. Small stones have probably been taken to build the walls of the nearby newtakes.

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

Not identified by the aerial photograph project, although the gully cutting through feature is shown.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 20-21, Map 53.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

SX658574. Western Beacon enclosure B. Better preserved than the enclosure to the south-east (Western Beacon South-east enclosure A), rectangular enclosure measuring 25 by 32 metres. Huts might be expected to survive, but the slope is steep and the interior disturbed by a gully cut across the interior from a spring just outside the perimeter and supplanted from a leat uphill. Otherwise, the circuit is complete, despite some interference, and many of the walling slabs remain in place.

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

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme by previous Monument Protection Programme Advisor. Not recommended for scheduling.

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

The faint outline of stones can be identified on the aerial photograph; matches Butler's depiction. Gully seen clearly cutting through feature.

Richards, A. F., 2016, Enclosures at Western Beacon, Cantrell (Personal Comment). SDV167001.

Unclear whether this is the feature being described by the authors of the checklist as the grid reference / spot height are slightly too far to the south-east (and match exactly the grid reference provided for the reference that is thought to be associated with enclosures MDV24985). Still, the dimensions and description match this enclosure, described as square, rather than oval by Butler.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 2002.
SDV166652Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1969. SX6657. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1 / 1-3.
SDV167001Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2016. Enclosures at Western Beacon, Cantrell. Not Applicable.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 20-21, Map 53.4.
SDV340715Un-published: Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds). 1975. Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish. Parish Checklist. A4 Stapled. page 95/215, IDOX (Checklist).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86407 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24992Related to: Hut circle and related bank in field west of West Peek Farm (Monument)
MDV3069Related to: Leat on Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV25031Related to: Mine shafts on the edge of Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV24985Related to: Western Beacon south-east enclosure, Ugborough Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 14 2020 5:12PM