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HER Number:MDV5801
Name:Enclosure 300 meters south-west of Black Tor


Roughly triangular shaped enclosure with one internal hut circle south-west of Black Tor. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 678 632
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age settlement south-west of Black Tor, consisting of six enclosures, associated hut circles, a section of reave, cairns, a stone row and at least eight medieval pillow mounds

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/94
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 369 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2278-2279 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4044-4045 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV169267.

Enclosure 72.0 meters by 32.0 meters and hut circle 9.0 meters in diameter. The walls are composed of turf-covered stones. Enclosure has no visible entrance. The hut circle has no obvious entrance.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6763, 2/56-57 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169271.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets (Worksheet). SDV340722.

(Site visited 02/03/1977) Pound, measures 72.0 meters north-west by south-east, 32.0 meter north-east by south-west. The wall is about 0.5 meters high and composed of large granite boulders partly turf-covered and 3.0 – 4.0 meters wide. Possible entrance to the north-east.
Hut circle lies immediately adjacent to the north-west wall of the pound, well preserved with a clear hut platform but no obvious entrance. Diameter measures 9.0 meters. There is a suggestion of a second hut or possibly entrance shelter adjoining it on the side towards the centre of the pound. Possible entrance to enclosure on west near hut.

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

Enclosure with hut circles attached to internal wall and a second possible hut circle, visible on 1946 Royal Air Force and National Monuments Record 1976 aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 101-2 (Monograph). SDV337765.

One of at least seven hut circle enclosures on Black Tor. Butler dates this enclosure (F) to the later period with enclosures E and G, which are far more substantially constructed than enclosures A-D. Zeal Hill warren has interfered with the enclosures a little. This enclosure contains one of the most substantial hut circles on the hill. Other details: Map 57, 1.

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, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4044-4045.
SDV169267Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2278-2279.
SDV169271Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6763. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/56-57.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 369.
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. 101-2.
SDV340722Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist Worksheets. South Brent Parish Checklist. Worksheet.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95969 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13412Related to: Duplicate of MDV25737? (Monument)
MDV5799Related to: Enclosed hut circle settlement at Black Tor, Shipley Bridge (Monument)
MDV19900Related to: Enclosure 170 meters south-west of Black Tor (Monument)
MDV79470Related to: Enclosure 50 meters south-west of Black Tor (Monument)
MDV5800Related to: Hut circle settlement at Black Tor, Shipley Bridge (Monument)
MDV14155Related to: Warren south-west of Black Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2012 1:18PM