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HER Number:MDV3989
Name:Enclosure north-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor


Small sub-rectangular enclosure of 11 metres by 10 metres to the north-west of Gutter Tor.


Grid Reference:SX 575 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE37
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/10
  • Old SAM Ref: 10630

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4130-1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Photogrpah taken in March 1948.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE37, SX56NE37, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV260609.

Visited on 9th October 1950. This enclosure consists of turf covered stones. It is almost circular. There are hut circles in the immediate vicinity. Dimensions 11 metres by 10 metres.
Visited on 24th May 1977. A roughly rectangular enclosure with rounded corners. Wall of small stones 0.3 metres high. Internal dimensions 10.5 metres by 9.5 metres. Possible entrances at north-west and north-east corners. Wall on south of west entrance incorporates a small "pen" 2 metres across. Date and function are obscure.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 117, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Gutter Tor Enclosure 'D' at SX576671. A small rectangular enclosure of 10.0 metres by 8.0 metres sited on the easier slopes north of Gutter Tor, close to the road. The slab and rubble wall only 0.3 metres high includes an overgrown semi- circle of stones of 2.0 metres midway along one end, possibly a storehouse.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Enclosure' shown on modern mapping without a polygon.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012032 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This enclosure lies on the northern slope of Gutter Tor within 100 metres of Eylesbarrow Reave and a cairn with a cist. It is sub-rectangular in shape and measures 11 metres by 10 metres the bank of earth and stone is up to 0.5 metres in height and 1.0 metres in width. There are possible entrances in the north-west and north- east corners and a small pen, 3 metres across, attached to the inner face of the west wall just south of the entrance.

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. 117, Map 49.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4130-1.
SDV260609Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE37. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX56NE37, Plan.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #130075 ]
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012032.

Associated Monuments

MDV3988Related to: Cairn to the north of Gutter Tor and south-east of Nattor Farm, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4015Related to: Cairn with cist to the north of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4015Related to: Cairn with cist to the north of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4015Related to: Cairn with cist to the north of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4015Related to: Cairn with cist to the north of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV42764Related to: Section of the Eylesbarrow Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:May 2 2021 10:34AM