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HER Number:MDV48866
Name:Hut circle on the north-west side of Barn Hill, Whitchurch


Hut circle to the north-west of Barn Hill of 8.4 metres diameter with walls 1.7 metres wide by 0.6 metres high. One of a group of three huts previously thought to be cairns


Grid Reference:SX 530 749
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NW65
  • National Monuments Record: SX57SW89
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1362094
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439904
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SW/122
  • Old SAM Ref: 34428

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) RING CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57NW65 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV225228.

(28/10/1980) On a slight SW slope at the N end of Barn Hill are three hut circles of Type (SX 56 SE 19) all turf-covered and with levelled interiors. They are within the peripheral and poorly defined part of a field system to the SW where there is also a settlement (SX 57 SW 23).
At SX53017499. One of three hut circles. A substantial hut with internal diametre 8.4 metres and walling 1.7 metres wide, 0.6 metres high. The rubble revetted by a number of slabs on the inner face. No visible entrance.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD (the northern-most only) and at 1:2500 (see plan).

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(09/07/1991) Centred SX 5301 7499. Three hut circles survive on the N side of Barn Hill, 60m S of the Cox Tor carpark. They occupy W to WSW facing slopes at 325m above OD.
The central hut, SX 5301 7499, has a diameter of 7.0m. The bank is 0.4m high and 2.5m wide and is composed of rubble with some larger stones. An arc of edge set stones is visible on the SW side. There is no clear entrance.
No survey action.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 70, b10 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Whitchurch Common "embanked stone circle"; an annular bank of earth and/or stone with inner edge of orthostats. Internal diameter 6.5 metres with bank 1.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres high.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 33-4, Map 44, Figure 44.8 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Group of three hut circles to the north-west of Barn Hill and south-west of the Cox Tor carpark. Here ancient walls have been robbed almost to ground level and the few remaining hut circles are mostly little more than circular depressions in the hillside. Grinsell identified one of these as a truncated cairn.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Three 'Hut Circles' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1020013 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

A ring cairn situated 920 metres south west of Little Staple Tor. The cairn survives as a 2 metres wide rubble bank containing a large number of edge set stones. This bank stands up to 0.6 metres high and surrounds an internal circular area measuring 6.6 metres in diameter. A 3 metres wide and 0.1 metres deep ditch surrounds the ring bank.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 33-4, Map 44, Figure 44.8.
SDV225228Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57NW65. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 70, b10.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1020013.

Associated Monuments

MDV4115Related to: Hut circle to the north-west of Barn Hill, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV48865Related to: Hut circle to the north-west of Barn Hill, Whitchurch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 19 2021 3:46PM