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HER Number:MDV5851
Name:Hut circle settlement west of Wistman's Wood


Two circular pounds enclosing four hut circles. Entrance to the enclosures on the western side. Also two hut circles outside the enclosures to the north.


Grid Reference:SX 610 775
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/18
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 34475
  • Old SAM Ref: 835
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=26/6/1950 (os) hut circles and enclosures, remains of. The six hut circles:.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265746.

Vis=12/11/1970 (ancient monuments) enclosed hut group north west of wistman's wood. Two circular pounds with diameters of 45.24m and 54.9m enclosing four hut circles with diameters of 9.14m, 9.14m, 8.23m and 7.32m. Entrance to the enclosures on the west side. Also two hut circles outside the enclosures to the north with diameters of 10.06m and 8.23m.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265748.

A. Diam 5m. Average height of wall 0.2m. Fragmentary condition. Wall is composed of part turf covered stones. B. Diameter 4m. Same condition as a. C. Diameter 4.5m. Same condition as a. D. Remains of. Approx. Diameter 6m. E. Diameter 5m. Wall 0.3m high. Composed of turf covered stones. F. Diameter 4.0m. Poor condition. No entrance was visible in any of these hut circles. Enclosures, remains of. There are two small enclosures. The walls are very fragmentary being composed of turf covered stones, they are only a few inches high.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265750.

Agglomerated enclosure of three possible elements, certainly two, with four hut circles attached to the internal walls and one attached to an external wall. Visible on raf 1946 and nmr 1979 ap (rchm app 1985).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265751.

Vis=12/9/1978 (os) at sx 610775 are the fragmentary remains of enclosure walls and 6 hut circles. Huts have an average internal diameter of 3.5m. With walling up to a maximum of 1.0m. Thickness. All are in poor condition and probably of type 1. No entrances are visible. There is no evidence of cultivation in the area (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265753.

A) sx 61027754. A well defined hut scooped into the slope with an internal diameter of 3.8m. The crude walling of smallish boulders is up to 0.5m in height on the s side. On the downhill side it has tumbled to 1.5m wide with some low outer-facing slabs. The entrance was probably on the s where the wall has been disturbed. The enclosure wall appears to overlie the n side of the hut. B) sx 61027758 a possible hut platform built into the angle of the enclosure wall. It is visible as a shallow scoop delimited by a vague scarp on the uphill side. It measures approximately 3m ns by 3.8m ew and the enclosure wall, which forms the e half is here 1.5m wide and 0.3m high. C) sx 61007757. A hut scooped into the slope and built up on the downhill side. It measures 4.3m ns by 3.3m ew internally with walling of small and medium sized boulders, on average 0.8m wide and 0.3m high; on the downhill side it is spread to 2.7m wide and averages 0.9m high. A number of inner facing slabs are up to 0.3m high and the entrance was probably on the se. It is linked to the enclosure wall. A small central enclosure about 20m across, has one freestanding hut circle and one, possibly 2, structures on the w side. D) sx 61017759. A hut scooped into the slope and built on the downhill side. It measures 4.2m ns by 3.3m ew with walling of small boulders and a few low inner facing slabs 1.1m wide and 0.4m high. The entrance was probably on the s side. Sx 61007760. A slight level stance approximately 3.6m across and located at an angle of the enclosure wall may be a hut platform. A crude line of boulders up to 0. M high delimits the downhill side. Sx 60997759. A ragged line of irregularly spaced earthfast boulders at an angle in the enclosure wall may represent a hut site. The northern enclosure is fragmentary and difficult to trace, especially within the thick clitter spread to the ne. It measures approximately 38.0m n/s by 34.0m e/w and contains 2 freestanding hut circles. E) sx 60997763. A hut scooped into the slope and internally, 4.1m ns by 3.3m ew. Its rather crude walling of small boulders and stones is 0.8m wide and 0.3m high; there is some evidence of inner facing and 2 large earthfast boulders are incorporated into the w, uphill side the entrance was probably in the south. F) sx 61007764. A hut scooped into and built up at the front measures internally, 3.2m ns by 2.7m ew. The walling of small boulders and stones is from 0.8m to 1.2m wide and at maximum 0.3m high. The entrance was probably in the s (nmr citing fletcher).

AM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265754.

Enclosed prehistoric settlement 650m southwest of longaford tor. The settlement includes at least seven stone hut circles of between 6 square meters to 12.9 square meters with walls between 0.4m to 0.7m high. The agglomerated enclosure includes a series of rubble banks up to 0.75m high x 1.5m wide. Some of the huts lie within the enclosure which others are linked or abut it (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265755.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265756.

Des=robinson, r. /list of fmw visits(19/1/1983)in smr.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV265757.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1890 2469-2470(10/12/1946).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV265758.

Aph=nmr sf1509/293-307(26/4/1979).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265759.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(14/9/1988)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265760.

Des=ancient monuments/(21/1/2004)/as above.

RCHM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7666.

Vis=14/9/1988 (rchm) centred sx 61017757. A settlement of approximately 1.2 hectares, situated on fairly steep east-facing slope, overlooking the west dart river valley. The devonport leat cuts across the upper part of the site. Five possibly 6, hut circles are identifiable; some occur as free-standing features and others are linked by the fragmentary walling of at least 4 small fields or enclosures. Further elements are almost certainly, concealed beneath the peat. Tracable walling is up. To 0.4m high and between 0.6m and 1.5m wide; it occurs as rather crude or banks of smallish boulders and stones with the occasional large `grounder' on line. Short lengths of walling on the downhill side are crudely coursed with a marked accumulation of peat on the uphill side; they are 0.7mhigh externally, 0.3m high internally and about 0.6m wide. The fragmentary enclosure which forms the s part of the settlement measures approximately 50m by 30m and is bisected by a leat. No hut circles are associated with the enclosure and the walling consists of many in-line large boulders. The adjacent enclosure approximately 30m by 25m contains 2, possibly 3 hut circles, all linked by walling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV265746Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV265748Migrated Record:
SDV265750Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV265751Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV265753Migrated Record: NMR CITING FLETCHER.
SDV265754Migrated Record: AM.
SDV265755Migrated Record:
SDV265756Migrated Record:
SDV265757Aerial Photograph:
SDV265758Aerial Photograph:
SDV265759Migrated Record:
SDV265760Migrated Record:
SDV7666Migrated Record: RCHM.

Associated Monuments

MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2018 4:28PM