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HER Number:MDV4612
Name:Enclosure with hut circle, Merrivale settlement


Enclosure with associated hut circle and later building; part of the settlement to the north of the road. Within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 556 750
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/39
  • Old SAM County Ref: 332
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24191

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Wilkinson, J. G., 1862, On British Remains on Dartmoor (Article in Serial). SDV277122.

Rectangular hut is noted as evidently of much later date than those among which it is found (see SX57NE/75). Other details: 115.

Worth, R. H., 1943, The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor (Article in Serial). SDV320337.

Merrivale, south of Over Tor. A Bronze Age pound; roughly triangular in shape with one curved side with granite walls 1.2 meters thick, enclosing an area of 0.194 hectares. Mean elevation of the ground 1160 ordnance datum. Sloping to the west with a mean gradient of 1 in 13. One hut circle is associated with the wall (see SX57NE/39/01). There is an abandoned garden adjoining the west wall and foundations of a modern cottage to the north of the garden (see SX57NE-75). Other details: 281, Fig 6.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 3175 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV219145.

Enclosure I is one of three enclosures within the settlement with associated hut circles. Its walls are composed of large boulders of moorland granite remaining in some places to a height of 1.0 meters. The wall can be traced all the way round its course, but is in poor condition. At the western side of the main enclosure is a small rectangular enclosure, which is subdivided into two parts by a wall near its northern end. The secondary enclosure is in a fair condition; its eastern wall stands to a height of 0.75 meters and is bound with turf.

National Monuments Record, 1976, National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph (Aerial Photograph). SDV345011.

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

D-shaped enclosure with cottage incorporated into wall. One hut circle incorporated into main wall and one hut circle to immediate north.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HO (Aerial Photograph). SDV256450.

Other details: DAP/ HO 13.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North (Monograph). SDV219155.

Other details: 73.

Gerrard, S., 1994, MPP/133501 (Site Visit). SDV219156.

Enclosure survives as a 68 meter by 47 meter irregular shaped area defined by a 1.5 meter wide and 0.6 meter high sinuous single orthostatic wall composed of large boulders. A short length of the west circuit has been incorporated into a 19th century garden plot and farmstead SX57NE/75.

Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

Fragments of four sub-rectangular enclosures are associated with the hut circles, varying in size from 0.06 hectares to 0.24 hectares they are bounded by stony banks averaging 1.5 meters and 0.6 meters high. These features have suffered heavily from stone robbing and none possess obvious entrances. Five hut circles are associated with these enclosures (8, 15, 16, 24 and 36); three are adjoined by the enclosure walls (8, 16 and 24). Other details: 12 (Fig 4). Map object based on this Source.

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

Map object based on this Source.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, MER-28 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 19/10/2019. Enclosure wall covered with grass with gorse outcrops. Overall condition good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, MER-28 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo of NE section of enclosure wall looking 340° showing grass cover with gorse outcrops

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219145Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume.
SDV219156Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. MPP/133501. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV256450Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HO. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV277122Article in Serial: Wilkinson, J. G.. 1862. On British Remains on Dartmoor. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 18. Unknown.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3175.
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.
SDV320337Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV345011Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. SX5575/1/433. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-28.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-28.

Associated Monuments

MDV4613Parent of: Hut circle 8, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV4897Part of: Merrivale hut circle settlement (Monument)
MDV4604Related to: Hut circle 6, Merrrivale settlement (Monument)
MDV4902Related to: Hut circle 9, Merrivale Settlement (Monument)
MDV20665Related to: Warrener's House, Merrivale Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 25 2019 3:16PM