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HER Number:MDV5117
Name:Settlement 150 meters south of Lower Hartor Tor


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


Grid Reference:SX 602 673
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/36
  • Old SAM County Ref: 507
  • Old SAM Ref: 10686

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.

There are three Type 2 hut circles within the enclosure, two with internal diameters of 6.0 meters, with wall 0.7 meters thick and 0.5 meters high, and entrances on south-east. The third hut is much overgrown, with an internal diameter of 4.0 meters and no visible entrance. No associated field system visible (Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England, citing Ordnance Survey).

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4127-8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NW15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV235801.

Bronze Age enclosure and hut circles. A single enclosure of the usual Dartmoor type, which contains three hut circles. The walling consists of large turf-covered stones reaching an average height of 0.7 meters.
Hut circle A. Double walled type, measuring 7.0 meters in internal diameter. Height of walling 0.5 meters. There is a well defined entrance to the south-east.
Hut circle B. Probably of double walled type. Diameter measures 9.0 meters. Walling of large turf-covered stones reaching a height of 0.5 meters. No obvious entrance.
Hut circle C. Diameter approximately 6.0 meters. Heavily overgrown with heather. Accurate measurements impossible. Other details: No plan.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Site visited 17/2/1984.

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

Ovoid enclosure with three hut circles visible. The enclosure has been cut by a leat. Area covered is 0.6 hectares.

Department of Environment, 1991, Enclosure south of Lower Hartor Tor (Schedule Document). SDV235800.

This enclosure lies on a south-west facing slope above the River Plym, south of Lower Hartor Tor. It is sub-oval in shape and measures approximately 110 meters by 84.0 meters and is defined by a bank of large stones and earth up to 2.0 meters in width and 1.0 meter in height. There is a possible entrance to the north-east. There are three huts within the enclosure, ranging from 8.0 meters to 10.0 meters in diameter, with walls 2.0 meters in thickness and up to 0.5 meters in height, faced on the inner side. Entrances in the walls face south or east. A cairn lies outside the enclosure to the southwest.

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). 4127-8.
SDV164582Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 135 NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV235800Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1991. Enclosure south of Lower Hartor Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. Digital.
SDV235801Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NW15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93911 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5116Related to: Settlement 350 meters south of Lower Hartor Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 1 2011 12:24PM