HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV43908
Name:Hut circle 12, Grimspound settlement


Hut circle 12; one of 24 hut circles set within a walled Bronze Age enclosure at Grimspound. This small circle measures 2.55 meters in diameter. Located within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 701 808
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/49/15
  • 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 12 has a doorway threshold stone and has a perfect dais to the right of the entrance, with hearthstone at the foot and cooking hole on the left of the hearth. Some burnt cooking stones were found, and a small water-worn river pebble. There is a shelter wall to the west of the entrance.

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

Ordnance Survey, 1953, SX78SW11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV304167.

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

Hut 12 is sub-circular and measures 2.55 meters in diameter; with walls 0.6 meters high, consisting of an internal ring of un-coursed stones, with three edge-set facing stones visible, two of which are also door jambs. A further facing stone on the western side has collapsed inwards. Behind the internal ring is a bank of earth and stone. The southern entrance has been disturbed by a recent hole. There is a badly damaged shelter wall marked only by a few stones, now displaced, leading south from the west side of the entrance. None of the internal features noted in 1894 are visible. There is a modern track causing erosion to north-east wall.

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

Hut circle terraced into the hill slope and of the straight porch plan and single orthostat walling type. The interior of the circle measures 2.55 meters in diameter and is defined by a 1.4 meter wide wall standing up to 0.6 meters high. Footpath crosses the northern wall of this building. Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1894. This work revealed a well preserved bench, a cooking hole, some burnt round stones and a river pebble, together with a south south-west facing doorway and a straight porch. Other details: MPP/140316 13/3/1996.

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.
SDV304167Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1953. SX78SW11.
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: #92001 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8778Part of: Grimspound enclosed settlement, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2017 3:45PM