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HER Number:MDV48945
Name:Hut circle north of Hentor Brook, Shaugh Prior


Western of two isolated hut circles on the north side of Hentor Brook of 3.6 metres in diameter with walls 1.3 metres wide and 0.4 metres high


Grid Reference:SX 589 651
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE81
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438732
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/173/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 10659

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Western of two 'Hut Circles' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX56NE81, Hut B (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV163217.

(02/06/1950) SX 5897 6518 Hut B. One of 4 which have averaged diameters of 5.5m, height 0.3m. No obvious entrance.
(29/01/1979) Along the banks of Hentor Brook from 356.0m to 370.0m OD are eight Type 1 huts and two Type 2 huts. The internal diameters of 3.3m and walling of 1.3m width and 0.7m height. All have southern entrances and levelled interiors and the majority are in poor condition. The Type 2 huts are at SX 58946517 and SX 59076518; the latter has a windbreak and the hut at SX 59006524 has two orthostats marking its entrance. Fragments of walling are visible in places in the boggy area around the huts suggesting a possible enclosure or the remains of fields.
(Type sites 1: SX 56 SE 19, 2: SX 56 NE 71).
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 122-3, Map 49, figure 49.8 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Western of two isolated hut circles on the north side of Hentor Brook to the west of Enclosure 'B'.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(22/03/2002) Centred SX 5898 6521. A cluster of six unenclosed hut circles lie in open moorland some 400m S of Hentor House. With one exception (Butler's 'cairn') the huts lie on the right bank of Hentor Brook. Most of the huts are poorly preserved, now existing as crude circles of upright stones but all are terraced into the gentle north-west facing slope to provide level interiors. One hut is adjoined by a short length of contemporary walling.
SX 5897 6519. A well-preserved hut 3.6m in diameter with walls 1.3m wide and 0.4m high.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Hut shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPHT-29 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(06/02/2020) Condition of hut assessed as good, although vegetation is having an impact on this feature. Low height bracken on top of wall remains and reeds around 60% of sides of hut.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken during February 2020 visit.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1012175 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

This stone hut circle lies close to the north bank of Hentor Brook and is 5 metres in diameter with walls of small stone and earth, 1 metre in thickness and 0.3 metres in height with an entrance to the south. There are other hut circles and enclosures in the vicinity.

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

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

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. 122-3, Map 49, figure 49.8.
SDV163217Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX56NE81. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Hut B.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122045 ]
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1012175.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPHT-29.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV48946Related to: Hut circle or cairn south of the Hentor Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV48947Related to: Hut north of the Hentor Brook, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2021 3:20PM