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HER Number:MDV4633
Name:Hut circle settlement east of Nodden Gate

Summary

Settlement of fifteen hut circles and a length of enclosure wall, forming the largest part of a settlement situated on the west facing slope of Arms Tor. The six northern stone hut circles are linked together by a 1.7 metre wide and 0.4 metre high curved enclosure boundary wall which defines the northern and western sides of an enclosure, whilst the southern and eastern parts were either never completed or survive as a buried feature. This boundary wall is later than the huts and provides evidence of development within the settlement. Also a parish boundary stone and stone-splitting pits in the southern part of the settlement. Two outlying huts are located to the south and south-west of the main group (MDV4636-37).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 535 863
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD AND BRIDESTOWE AND SOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NW/9
  • Old SAM County Ref: 18
  • Old SAM Ref: 24075

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC? to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1895, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4, 437-438 (Article in Serial). SDV273221.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX58NW15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV236238.

Hut circles on the West Face of Arms Tor.
(23/10/1950) Group of 11 hut circles named A-K, which appear to be of both single and double walled types and are for the majority in a ruinous condition. The immediate locality is strewn with granite boulders for a wide area and it is possible that remains of other hut circles have been overlooked. East of Nodden Gate. Some of the hut circles retain door jambs. There are also remains of other circles of detached stones of a more ritual aspect. Stones are irregular in size. In line with a menhir standing in one of the circles, down the hill to the north-west, are scattered upright stones, perhaps part of a row.
(15/10/1974) Remains of bronze age settlement and vestiges of its field system of approximately 8 hectares.
Sixteen huts identified but they were in poor condition and more may exist in the area. They comprise 10 single walled and 6 double walled types from 6.0 metres to 8.0 metres in diameter, with robbed walls averaging 0.5 metres high. The few traceable entrance gaps are on western (downhill) side (NMR,citing Ordnance Survey).


Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

Visited


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 26/4/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

See related records for details.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 151 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted on map by Butler.


Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Boundary wall is visible on the lidar data.


Bray, L. + Crabb, A., 2017, HER Field Updates (Cartographic). SDV361914.

Thirteen huts located in 2017 and plotted using GPS.


Bray, L., 2017, Site Condition Assessment: MDV4633 (Worksheet). SDV361927.

Site visited 23/11/17 and condition assessed as moderate; vegetation encroachment of bracken over more than 40% of site recorded.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

This monument includes 15 stone hut circles, a length of enclosure wall, a parish boundary stone and stone-splitting pits forming the largest part of a settlement situated on the west facing slope of Arms Tor overlooking the valley of the River Lyd. The six northern stone hut circles are linked together by a 1.7m wide and 0.4m high curved enclosure boundary wall which defines the northern and western sides of an enclosure, whilst the southern and eastern parts were either never completed or survive as a buried feature. This boundary wall is later than the huts which it links and provides important evidence of development within the settlement. All the stone hut circles within the monument survive as stone and earth banks surrounding a circular internal area. The internal diameters of these huts vary between 4.2m and 6.3m with the average being 5.61m. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.3m and 1.35m with the average being 0.7m. Six of the huts are linked to the enclosure boundary wall, one has a visible doorway, two include more than a single room and one has a partition. Two features of post-medieval date are included within this monument. The first is a roughly dressed granite pillar, measuring 1.5m high by 0.6m wide and 0.4m thick. This stone denotes the boundary between the commons shared by Bridestowe and Sourton and the parish of Lydford. The second feature includes a large number of stone-splitting pits which vary in size, but average 2.5m in diameter and 0.4m deep. These pits were produced during the search for, and limited quarrying of, surface stone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 151.
SDV236238Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX58NW15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273221Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1895. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 437-438.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 26/4/1993.
SDV345664Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #114361 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV361914Cartographic: Bray, L. + Crabb, A.. 2017. HER Field Updates. GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV361927Worksheet: Bray, L.. 2017. Site Condition Assessment: MDV4633. Site Condition Assessment. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV123568Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV123569Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4634Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4635Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4637Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4642Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50900Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50901Parent of: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4641Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4643Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4644Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4645Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50902Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50903Parent of: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50904Related to: Commons boundary stone in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4636Related to: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4638Related to: Hut circle in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4639Related to: Hut in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV50905Related to: Pits in settlement east of Nodden Gate (Monument)
MDV4640Related to: Unlikely stone row west of Arms Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 3 2018 1:27PM