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HER Number:MDV5886
Name:Enclosure west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric enclosure on the western slope of Bellever Tor


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

  • National Monuments Record: 442640
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/38
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW45
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 107NW (Cartographic). SDV336770.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67NW45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346616.

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.

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.

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

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

The narrow entrance in the south 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 probably Bronze Age.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 45 (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. Other details: Map 27, Site 10, Figure 27.8.

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.

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

Outline shown on Prehistoric map layer.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442640 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346617.

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.

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.
SDV228504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 30-31.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV242441Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KM. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3.
SDV336770Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 107NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. 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 - 1951. SX67NW45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346617National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442640. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV346618Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 235.

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

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2013 2:28PM