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HER Number:MDV46974
Name:Enclosures on the western edge of the River Walkham

Summary

Two adjoining enclosures are shown on the English Heritage survey of 2003 as being open to the south-east. The ruined walls are constructed from large blocks of granite. At the point where the two semicircles join is a small rectangular structure around 4.4 metres by 2 metres which may be the remains of a hut or shelter.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 558 777
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE75
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 976320
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/118
  • Old SAM Ref: 20369

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Enclosures on River Walkham (Schedule Document). SDV279274.

Two overlapping enclosures immediately adjacent to the River Walkham. The northern enclosure measures 12 metres by 14 metres and is defined by an orthostatic wall 1.1 metres wide, 0.7 metres high. A short length of the southern wall overlaps the adjacent enclosure which measures 14 metres by 8 metres and is also of orthostatic construction. No hut circles or platforms visible.

Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs, 9, Fig 2 (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

(01/10/2003) One-hundred and fifteen meters south-east of the Langstone Moor settlement at the river's edge, are two conjoined, roughly semi-circular enclosures with diameters of 10.5 and 13m, which form an approximate letter 'm' ground plan. The ruined walls have the same appearance as the prehistoric walls of the enclosures above, constructed from large pieces of granite moorstone. The open ends of the semi-circles are cut by the bank of the River Walkham, though it is unlikely the enclosures were ever complete circles. At the point where the two semicircles join, is a small rectangular structure of approximately 4.4m by 2m which may represent the remains of a hut or shelter. It is not known what purpose these enclosures served or at what date.
The two adjoining enclosures are shown on the English Heritage survey of 2003 as being open to the south-east. The ruined walls are constructed from large blocks of granite. At the point where the two semicircles join is a small rectangular structure around 4.4 metres by 2 metres which may be the remains of a hut or shelter.

Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

(10/08/2004) Condition is stable

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Faintly visible on the aerial photography.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

SX55907772 Two overlapping enclosures were recorded at this location situated in the valley bottom immediately adjacent to the River Walkham. The enclosures are probably of Bronze Age date (19/08/1992 English Heritage Record Form).

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

Two conjoined semi-circular enclosures forming an 'm' shaped ground plan, adjacent to the west bank of the River Walkham. There is a small structure at the point where the walls join.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV255420Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2003. The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. 25. A4 Comb Bound. 9, Fig 2.
SDV279274Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Enclosures on River Walkham. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-west Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #92842 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area
  • EDV8713 - Merrivale Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 24 2021 11:49AM