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HER Number:MDV5886
Name:Enclosure west of Bellever Tor, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

On a slight north-west slope is the remains of a 'D' shaped enclosure of 0.65 hectares. It is formed by rubble walling which varies from 1.8 metres to 2.5 metres in width and from 0.4 metres. to 0.7 metres in height, with an entrance placed centrally in the south side. There are no internal features.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 637 763
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of prehistoric D-shaped enclosure on the western slope of Bellever Tor, close to and possibly cut by a wall

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW45
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442640
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/38
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW45

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map, 107NW (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX67NW45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346616.

(31/8/1950) This enclosure consists of very low, completely turf covered wall.0.3 metres high, 0.2 metres wide. A gap of 20 metres now exists on the north east side where there is no trace of the wall. Other details: Plan.
(04/12/1979) On a slight north-west slope at 371m. O.D. is the remains of a 'D' shaped enclosure of 0.65 ha. (see plan and air photographs). It is formed by rubble walling which varies from 1.8m to 2.5m. in width and from 0.4m. to 0.7m. in height, with an entrance placed centrally in the south side. There are no internal features.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and at 1:2500 for AO Records.

Royal Air Force, 1964, 6399, 30-31 (Aerial Photograph). SDV228504.

Other details: F62.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1509, 235 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346618.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NW (Cartographic). SDV346612.

Sub-rectangular enclosure, close to and possibly cut by a wall. Visible on aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. A. J. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(02/08/1989) Enclosure centred SX63747633. This feature is as described in 1979. The narrow entrance in the S side is flanked by two large granite boulders, one upright the other leaning.
No features are visible within the enclosure which lies in tall tufty grass and heather. It is of prehistoric type and probably Bronze Age.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KM, 3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV242441.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 45, Map 27, Figure 27.8 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Black Newtake enclosure occupies the lower western slope of Bellever Tor a short distance from the Cherry Brook. The circuit wall of the squarish enclosure is a low overgrown bank with few stones of any size and incomplete around the northern edge next to the newtake wall. Turf covers the interior perhaps concealing the dwellings, though a flattened area against the south side may be the site of two or more huts from which all stones have been removed.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Enclosure west of Bellever Tor was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 101.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Enclosure' shown as an irregular shaped feature on modern mapping.

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. 45, Map 27, Figure 27.8.
SDV228504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 30-31.
SDV242441Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KM. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). 107NW.
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: #96196 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346616Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX67NW45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346618Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 235.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. A. J. Probert.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels
  • EDV8640 - Spaders and Muddilake and Smith Hill Newtakes, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2022 10:08AM