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HER Number:MDV5553
Name:Possible Shepherd's Hut on the eastern bank of West Okement River


Possible Post Medieval shepherd's hut on the eastern bank of West Okement River


Grid Reference:SX 577 872
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/12
  • Old SAM Ref: 28710

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHEPHERDS HUT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Le Messurier, B., 1975, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV269280.

Site visited on 8th April 1975. At SX57758750. Hut 23 metres from river bank measuring 2.7 metres by 4.9 metres internally, with one wall 1.5 metres high. Various outside banks; shelter to the south-east and line of stones 45 metres to the south. Tin streaming nearby.

Le Messurier, B., 1978, Post-Prehistoric Structures in Central North Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV269282.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV349939.

Site visited on 5th April 1978. Hut with internal length 4 metres, width 2.5 metres.Substantial rectangular building on right bank of the West Okement. Probably a tinners' building as there are workings a short way downstream from it. There is possibly a leat course leading to it.

Le Messurier, B., 1979, Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey (Article in Serial). SDV269283.

pp 70-71

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58NE5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV349937.

Site visited on 29th August 1979. At SX57758722. A drystone building, with centrally placed doorway in the south-west side. The shelter mentioned by Le Messurier may well be Prehistoric. Includes plan and photograph.

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

Not visible on 1946 photographs.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 440465 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV349935.

Remains of a Post Medieval building situated on right bank of West Okement River 350 metres southwest of Lint's Tor. Archaeological field surveys in 1994 and 2004 found it to be a single roomed structure measuring 4.2 metres by 2.1 metres internally with coursed boulder walls 1.1 metres wide and surviving to a maximum height of 1.25 metres. An entrance lies slightly north of centre in the south-west wall. There is no trace of a fireplace or chimney and no internal details are visible. Ten metres to the southeast of the building is a small, semi-cicular structure, 1.2 metres in diameter, constructed of coursed boulders. The main building appears too recent and too well built to be a tinner's hut and lacks the evidence of processing activity indicative of a blowing house or stamping mill. It would seem more llikely that the main structure represents a shepherd's hut with an associated kennel lying to the southeast.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

'Tinner's Hut (remains of) ' shown on as a square feature modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV269280Worksheet: Le Messurier, B.. 1975. Digital.
SDV269282Un-published: Le Messurier, B.. 1978. Post-Prehistoric Structures in Central North Dartmoor. Manuscript.
SDV269283Article in Serial: Le Messurier, B.. 1979. Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 111. Paperback Volume.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95258 ]
SDV349935National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2012. 440465. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV349937Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58NE5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV349939Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2012 3:42PM