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HER Number:MDV5176
Name:Settlement at Bishop's Mead


Group of at least three Bronze Age hut circles and some fragments of enclosure walls lying just north-west of the Avon Dam Reservoir. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 669 657
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walls of Bronze Age hut circle settlement located at the northern end of the Avon Dam Reservoir, comprising three hut circles and fragments of enclosure walls

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/9
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4272 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NE29 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV153683.

Group of three hut circles, still visible but all are in a fragmentary condition.

Robinson, R., 1978, Bishop's Meads hut circles (Worksheet). SDV153684.

Three small hut circles lying close together in a north-south line of the brow of the hill on the right bank of the River Avon in the area known as Bishop's Meads. They are on a north-east facing slope on a small saddle of more level ground, just below the leat. The area is rocky, overgrown with coarse grass, bilberry and bracken. The walls of all circles are low (between 0.25 - 0.5 meters high) but all show up quite well on the Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photograph.

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

Not visible.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 155 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Small settlement occupying a narrow shelf in the hillside on the steep southern slope of the Avon valley. Although bracken-covered, this settlement can be located by the tall pointed slab up-ended by the leat just a few meters uphill. There are four hut circles, roughly aligned north-south, which were partly enclosed. Only the southern section of this boundary can be located, existing as a line of earth-fast granite slabs. Other details: Map 57, 22.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Three hut circles are depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4272.
SDV153683Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66NE29. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV153684Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1978. Bishop's Meads hut circles. South Brent Parish Checklist. Digital.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 155.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94072 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5177Parent of: Hut circle in Bishop's Meads settlement (Monument)
MDV5178Parent of: Hut circle in Bishop's Meads settlement (Monument)
MDV5179Parent of: Hut circle in Bishop's Meads settlement (Monument)
MDV28059Related to: STONE in the Parish of South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 13 2014 11:14AM