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HER Number:MDV43915
Name:Hut circle 19, Grimspound settlement


Hut circle 19; one of 24 hut circles set within a walled Bronze Age enclosure at Grimspound. This circle measures 3.5 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/49/22
  • 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 19 adjoins Hut 18, but without communication (?). The entrance way to this hut is imperfect and the paved entrance has no protecting stone wall. The door lintel is missing also. Internally, the hearth consists of a large flat stone to the right of the entrance. There is a cooking hole to the left of this, filled with charcoal and peat ash. A paved dais exists on the south-east side of the hut. A bench of stones set on edge occupies the curve of the hut from foot of dais to within 0.533 meters of the door jamb. Baring Gould states that the upright stone outside the hut may indicate that this is the hut of someone of higher status.

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

Ordnance Survey, 1953, SX78SW11, 6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV304167.

Hut 19 is circular and measures 3.2 meters in diameter; with walls 0.5 meters wide and 0.75 meters high. The wall consists of blocks and edge set slabs, seven of which, including jambs, correlate with 1894 plan. A further slab has toppled since 1894. Walling on the north side is relatively irregular and probably recent, although it lies over more consolidated material. The entrance is well-defined, flanked by door jambs, in west side. The floor has much protruding stone, possibly the remains of some of the features noted in 1894. A hollow slightly south of centre is probably recent. Just outside south-west angle of the hut is an upright granite post, 1.1 meters high. The relationship of this hut to Hut 18 is not apparent, and was not revealed by the excavation.

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

One of two hut circles; see also PRN43914. Both are of the conjoined plan and single orthostat walling type. The interior of the western structure measures 3.2 meters in diameter and is defined by a 0.5 meter wide wall standing up to 0.75 meters high. A 0.5 meter wide west-facing gap in the surrounding wall which is flanked on both sides by granite slabs represents an original doorway. Excavation of this hut by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1894 revealed a hearth, cooking hole and two raised benches. Lying immediately south west of the hut is an upright granite post measuring 1.1 meters high. The purpose of this stone is unknown although it is considered to be an original feature. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England survey report (1991) states that the relationship between the two huts could not be ascertained, however the Monument Protection Programme archaeologist considers that the field evidence supports the contention that the eastern hut is butted by this one and therefore concludes that the this one is later. Other details: MPP/140321.

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. 6.
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.
SDV321021Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1995. 140322. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92009 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8778Part of: Grimspound enclosed settlement, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2017 3:33PM