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HER Number:MDV5116
Name:Settlement 350 meters south of Lower Hartor Tor


Scheduled site, consisting of the remains of an enclosure and five associated hut circles south of Lower Hartor Tor, south of the River Plym. The immediate area also contains another settlement north of the river and tinner's streamworkings.


Grid Reference:SX 601 671
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/35
  • Old SAM County Ref: 501
  • Old SAM Ref: 10687

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 135 NE (Cartographic). SDV164582.

The five hut circles are all in very poor condition, levelled into the hill slope, and varying from 2.5 meters to 5.0 meters internal diameter with turf-covered walling up to 1.0 meters thick and 0.4 meters high. All my be Type 1 huts though it is difficult to determine their construction (Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England, citing Ordnance Survey).

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4127 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152697.

Remains of an enclosure and hut circles. The walls of the enclosure are composed of turf-covered stones and is rather fragmentary (barely a few inches high). The enclosure has been divided by the construction of a modern leat in its northern half - the enclosure wall to the north of this leat has disappeared. The enclosure is 87.0 meters wide north and south, and 91.0 meters to the east and west.
Hut circle A. A vague hut circle, 6.5 meters in diameter - wall is composed of turf-covered stones. (North-west hut of the group of four on the plan)
Hut circle B. Diameter 4.5 meters, wall is composed of fairly large stones and is somewhat scattered about. (South-west hut of the group of four on the plan)
Hut circle C. Diameter 7.5 meters, composed of gorse-covered stones. Wall is 0.3 meters high. (North-east hut of the group of four on the plan)
Hut circle D. The remains of a hut circle measuring 5.0 meters in diameter, composed of turf-covered stones. (South-east hut of the group of four on the plan)
Hut circle E. This hut circle is rather fragmentary and the approximate diameter is 4.5 meters. (Hut to the extreme south-east on the plan)
No entrances to these hut circles were seen. Other details: Plan.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Fragment of an enclosure, in poor condition and cut by a leat and streamwork, visible with two hut circles inside it. Area covered is approximately 0.8 hectares.

Department of Environment, 1991, Enclosure with hut circles west of Plym Steps (Schedule Document). SDV152696.

This enclosure lies on a north-east facing slope above the confluence of the River Plym and Langcombe Brook, west of Plym Steps. It consists of an ovoid enclosure which measures 87.0 meters north to south and 91.0 meters east to west, defined by a bank of earth and stone up to 0.3 meters in height and 2.0 meters in width. Within it there are four huts, ranging from 6.0 meters to 10.0 meters in diameter with walls up to 2.0 meters in width and 0.6 meters in height. One hut is attached to the southern wall, the others are free-standing. The enclosure is crossed by a disused leat.

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

Settlement depicted on Butler’s map. Other details: Map 50.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

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.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4127.
SDV152696Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1991. Enclosure with hut circles west of Plym Steps. The Schedule of Monuments. Digital.
SDV152697Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV164582Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 135 NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93909 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV16670Related to: Newland, Bradworthy (Monument)
MDV5117Related to: Settlement 150 meters south of Lower Hartor Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 1 2011 12:09PM