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HER Number:MDV3443
Name:Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor


Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D) is an oval feature containing one hut circle and is one of several enclosures in the area.


Grid Reference:SX 594 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/137
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/437
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10729

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1983, NMR SF2134, 79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV238551.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Small triangular enclosure visible on 1983 aerial to the north-west of enclosure (MDV3443). Linked by short length of walling. Enclosure partitioned into two elements. Hut circle attached at apex of enclosure. Area approximately 0.05 hectares.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133453 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

The hut circle is composed of an oval stone and earth bank surrounding an internal area and is of the simple plan and double orthostat walling type. Interior measures 4.2 metres by 4 metres and is surrounded by a 1.3 metres wide wall standing up to 0.7 metres high. A south facing gap in the surrounding wall is lined by slabs on both sides and represents an original doorway. This building is attached to the inner face of the west circuit of enclosure boundary wall and a small area measuring 4 metres by 2.4 metres between the building and the southern length of the boundary may represent a stock pen or covered outbuilding. This enclosure contains one visible hut.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D) is elongated along the contour with a single hut circle (11) of 4 metres diameter at the western end.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Oval enclosure shown on Lidar data.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Oval enclosure 48 metres by 27 metres with a bank of earth and stone 2 metres wide, 0.3 metres high.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 438758, SX56NE90 (Website). SDV360651.

The eastern enclosure, oval-shaped and 50.0 metres by 30.0 metres, contains one Type 2 hut circle with an internal diameter of 4.0 metres and an entrance on the south. Between the hut and the enclosure wall is a small annexe. South west of this enclosure are three hut-circles, in good condition, two of Type 2, internal diameters 9.0 metres and 6.5 metres with walls 1.4 metres thick and one Type 1 with internal diameter of 6.0 metres with a wall 1.2 metres thick. All have southern entrances.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
SDV238551Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. NMR SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 79.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133453.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 438758, SX56NE90.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1014145.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112913 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3444Parent of: Hut Circle (11) within Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV55247Related to: Cairn part of feature (12) north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3337Related to: Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (C), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV55245Related to: Hut Circle (12) north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV55246Related to: Hut Circle north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV55248Related to: Hut Circle west of Drizzlecombe Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4033Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (A) with Extension to the East, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4046Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (B) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor

Date Last Edited:Aug 17 2018 10:08AM