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HER Number:MDV43904
Name:Hut circle 8, Grimspound settlement


Hut circle 8; one of 24 hut circles set within a walled Bronze Age enclosure at Grimspound. This circle measures 3.0 – 3.2 meters in diameter. Located within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 700 808
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/49/11
  • Old SAM County Ref: 142
  • Old SAM Ref: 22212

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1894, 1st Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee: The Exploration of Grimspound, 101-121 (Article in Serial). SDV304196.

Hut 8 is located close to the enclosure wall. The doorway has the remains of a shelter wall connecting it with main enclosure wall. The doorway itself is greatly ruined, with only one jamb remaining in situ. There is a hearthstone in the centre of the hut, as well as faint traces of a dais.

Baring Gould, S., 1895, Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 82-83 (Article in Serial). SDV271711.

Pattison, P., 1991, A Survey of Grimspound, Manaton Parish, Devon, 6 (Report - Survey). SDV304224.

Hut 8 measures 3.0 - 3.2 meters in diameter; with walls 0.5 meters wide and 0.7 meters high. The wall consists of well-defined, mostly edge-set slabs and boulders forming the internal face on the south-west and north-east. The north and north-west sides have been disturbed. The south south-east entrance is not instantly recognisable. The upright jamb is probably part of the internal facing while the other has fallen. Internally, there is a central hollow 0.2 meters deep, with another adjoining it to the north-west, but no trace of the "hearthstone" or "dais". The "shelter wall" joining hut to main enclosure wall survives. Outside the entrance is a slight u-shaped hollow, probably partly natural.

Gerrard, S., 1995, 140322 (Site Visit). SDV321021.

Hut circle terraced into the hill slope at sx70088083. The circle is of simple plan and single orthostat walling type. The interior is 3.2 meters in diameter and is defined by a 1.0 meter wide wall standing up to 0.7 meters high. A 0.5 meter wide south-east facing gap in the surrounding wall represents the original doorway. A short length of orthostatic walling measuring 1.0 meter wide and up to 0.5 meters high leads from the west side of the doorway to the inner face of the enclosure. Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1894. This work revealed a central hearthstone and traces of a bench. Other details: MPP/140305 11/1/1995.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV271711Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1895. Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 82-83.
SDV304196Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1894. 1st Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee: The Exploration of Grimspound. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. A4 Comb Bound. 101-121.
SDV304224Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1991. A Survey of Grimspound, Manaton Parish, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6.
SDV321021Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1995. 140322. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91997 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8778Part of: Grimspound enclosed settlement, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2017 3:47PM