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HER Number:MDV58331
Name:Hut by leat in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh


Hut circle of 5.7 metres diameter with walls 1.1.metres wide by 0.55 metres high forming part of a hut settlement on Shovel Down. The south-east doorway is 0.5 metres wide wide and faced on both sides. The hut lies on the south side of the Southill Leat which cuts through the settlement


Grid Reference:SX 653 859
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 53.1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/88/19
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 888854

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143984, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Visited 1997 (SX 6537 8594) Hut circle forming part of a hut settlement. Diameter 5.7 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.1 metres wide, 0.55 metres high. Internal area 25.5 metres. The doorway faces 122 degrees (south-east), measures 0.55 metres wide and is faced on both sides.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 184-86, Map 37, Figure 37.1 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Hut circle to the south of the 'leat' which cuts through 'Stonetor Brook East settlement'.

Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

(16/08/1991) Centred SX 652859. A settlement of 6.5 hectares containing at least nineteen hut circles and traces of two other structures is situated on the moderate west and north-west flanks of Shovel Down. This settlement lies within and appears to be contemporary with a well-developed parallel reave system (SX 68 NW 24).
The vast majority of the huts are ovoid and where discernible, entrances generally lie in the south. Some of the huts are intimately associated with smaller enclosures within the larger reave pattern. Unlike the neighbouring settlements SX 68 NE 13 and 41 there is no evidence to suggest that these huts or their associated enclosures pre-date the construction of the reaves. An additional table of information on the hut circles is held in the archive (see Pastscape notation).

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Hut circle shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Hut clearly visible on the aerial photography.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

Within Scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 184-86, Map 37, Figure 37.1.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143984, 1997.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119068 ]
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6116Part of: Stonetor Brook East settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV29124Related to: Shovel Down reave system (east), Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV58330Related to: Small hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58329Related to: Small hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV27723Related to: Southill Leat, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2023 4:12PM