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HER Number:MDV58435
Name:Hut Circle at northern end of Assycombe

Summary

Small, ill-defined hut circle attached to the inside of an enclosure wall. Hut lies 12m to the north of MDV6565. Hut measures 3.0m in internal diameter with a possible entrance in the southern wall. The walls measures 0.8m wide and 0.6m high and attached to the western side of this feature are the remains of a small structure 2.0m square internally. It is bounded by the hut on the east and a low stoney bank on the remainder of the circuit.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 828
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144164
  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE2
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443780
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/15/2
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • OUTBUILDING (Constructed, Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Fernworthy Plantation. Assacombe No. 1C.
Small enclosure 7.0 metres north-north-east of site 2C. SX 65918285. Diameter 2.6 metres. Very low stone wall. Not investigated. Has been planted over.
February 1976. Enclosure free of trees and otherdebris. Clearance zone ringed by nine posts, enclosing site 2C. 24 trees standing inside clearance zone.
Not included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144164 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of the settlement at Assycombe. Diameter 3.8 metres. Single orthostat wall, 0.7 metres diameter, 0.7 metres high. Internal area 11.33 metres. A very complex structure with a porch attached to the south side which in turn leads to a second hut circle.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, Map 35 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted and described by Butler.

Smith, N., 1992, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992 (Un-published). SDV351819.

Fernworthy. Assycombe 1C. Site visit 27th May 1992. Enclosure and hut circle in a clear-felled area on west facing slope near track. Site marked. Suggested that present vegetation management regime be maintained. Photo.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(03/06/1995) Centred SX 65908285. Two hut circles and two small sub-rectangular structures lie in the NW corner of a former field belonging to Assycombe Farm and now part of Fernworthy Forest. All the features have in the past been overplanted with conifers but the area has been clear felled in recent years and is maintained as an open space by the Forestry Commission.
12m to the N at SX 65908286 lies the second, smaller, hut measuring 3.0m in internal diameter with a possible entrance in the S wall. The walls are of similar construction measuring 0.8m wide and 0.6m high and attached to the W side of this feature are the remains of a small structure 2.0m square internally. It is bounded by the hut on the E and a low stoney bank on the remainder of the circuit.
At SX 65898286 in the NW corner of the field 10m W of the small hut are the poorly preserved remains of a sub-rectangular structure. It measures 3.5m N to S by 4.0m internally with two walls formed by the field boundary and a low tumbled wall on the E. It was formerly open to the S.
Two small clearance cairns lie within the same field.
From the field remains it is obvious that both the hut circles have been reused in the post medieval period, probably as outbuildings for Assycombe Farm (SX 68 SE 67). Another hut (SX 68 SE 91), to the S has also suffered the same fate.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Fernworthy. Assycombe 1C. Site visit 27th September 1996. Enclosure and hut circle in clear felled area. Site marked by ten posts.

Fugro-BKS, 2013, Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey (Cartographic). SDV351778.

Hut circle visible.

Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.

Newman, P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 23 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Small, ill-defined hut circle attached to the inside of an enclosure wall. Diameter 3.4 metres. A breach at the southern end is probably the entrance.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

[Part of] stone alignment, hut circle settlement, medieval long house and post-medieval farmstead at Assycombe.

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. Map 35.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144164.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. S. Probert.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. Digital + A4. 23.
SDV351819Un-published: Smith, N.. 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351820Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351823Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV14807Part of: Assycombe Brook Settlement (Monument)
MDV6703Part of: Assycombe Farmstead, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6564Related to: Enclosure at the northern end of Assycombe (Monument)
MDV6565Related to: Hut Circle at Asssycombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2022 4:32PM