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HER Number:MDV50063
Name:Unenclosed hut circle settlement south of road, Walkhampton

Summary

These five unenclosed hut circles although robbed are fairly well defined, they lie beside the metalled road in moorland grassland and reeds. The largest hut is double-faced with large blocks and slabs, has an 8m internal diameter; there is possibly a short length of field wall attached to the north-west. Three huts have internal diameters of 5.4 to 5.8m with the remains of either double or single walls. The fifth, smaller hut lies in a reed bed to the east of the main group.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 578 726
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE28
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440106
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/12
  • Old SAM Ref: 22273

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Four 'Hut Circles' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Hut circles marked on 1906 map.

Royal Air Force, 1964, F62/58/6399, 40-42 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Photograph taken on 2nd July 1964.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV220805.

(16/06/1980) Close to the main road on a slight south slope at 371m. OD is an open settlement of five Type 2 (SX 56 NE 71) hut circles in very poor condition.
The level interiors of the huts have diameters ranging from 2.8m. to 8.6m. with walling averaging 1.0m. wide and 0.4m. high. No entrances can be seen. The largest, at SX 57817268 has features which suggest another hut was attached to the north-west side. No associated fields or plots are visible.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and at 1:2500 for AO records.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130697 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited 8th October 1992. Irregular enclosure containing six attached hut circles. Enclosure 32 metres north to south by 70 metres east to west internally. Defined by a lynchet 2.5 metres wide, 0.4 metres high on all sides except the north-east where it survives as a buried feature. A 65 metres long, 3.0 metres wide and 0.2 metres high field boundary leads south from the enclosure and forms part of a field system. Two of the huts have 2 rooms and two have visible doorways.

Turton, S. D., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of SWW Dousland to Rundlestone Water Main, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV249910.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, Map 46 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Unenclosed hut circle settlement shown on the south side of the road to the south-west of Devil's Bridge with five hut circles.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

(27/07/2007) These five unenclosed hut circles although robbed are fairly well defined, they lie beside the metalled road in moorland grassland and reeds. The largest hut is double-faced with large blocks and slabs, has an 8m internal diameter; there is possibly a short length of field wall attached to the north-west. Three huts have internal diameters of 5.4 to 5.8m with the remains of either double or single walls. The fifth, smaller hut lies in a reed bed to the east of the main group.
Investigated and surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

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

'Settlement' shown on modern mapping with five hut circles.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1011253 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This monument includes an irregular shaped enclosure containing six stone hut circles situated on a gentle south-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Meavy. The interior of the enclosure measures 32 metres north to south by 70 metres east to west and is defined by a lynchet, up to 2.5 metres wide and 0.4 metres high, on all sides except the north-east where it survives as a buried feature. A 65 metres long, 3 metres wide and 0.2 metres high field boundary leads southward from the enclosure, and forms part of a field system which now survives largely as buried features and cannot be mapped. The six stone hut circles, all of which are attached to the enclosure boundary, are composed of stone and earth banks surrounding a circular internal area. The internal diameter of the huts varies between 4.2 metres and 9.5 metres. The height of the surrounding wall varies between 0.2 metres and 0.8 metres. Two of the huts include two rooms and two have visible doorways.

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. Map 46.
SDV220805Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE28. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index.
SDV249910Report - Assessment: Turton, S. D.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of SWW Dousland to Rundlestone Water Main. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.06. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 40-42.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130697.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129629 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1011253.

Associated Monuments

MDV50100Parent of: Hut circle in settlement 400m south-west of Devil's Bridge (Monument)
MDV130417Parent of: Hut circle in settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3734Parent of: Hut circle in settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3735Parent of: Hut circle in settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3736Parent of: Hut circle in settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3737Parent of: Hut circle in settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV50099Parent of: Hut circle south of settlement south-west of Devil's Bridge, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7517 - Survey of Hart Tor tin works
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 4 2021 1:10PM