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HER Number:MDV5892
Name:Hut circles north-east of Smith Hill Farm, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Three Prehistoric hut circles within a field system to the north-east of Smith Hill Farm. The huts at SX 63877559, SX 63897558 and SX 63897559 lie within a field system (see SX67NW107). Constructed of rubble walling, 0.2m. high and 1.0m. wide, and level interiors with diameters from 2.0m. to 5.7m. Entrances to the south-east are visible in the two smaller huts.
Surveyed in 1979 and revisited in 1989.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 638 755
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of prehistoric field systems and hut circle settlements, as well as funerary monuments above the Cherry Brook Valley, medieval field systems around Huccaby Rings and deserted Coxlake farmstead as well as the Brimpts Tin Mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Sites
  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW53
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442668
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/43
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW53

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951/1979, SX67NW53, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346899.

(23/11/1951) Hut circles. Three hut circles, all in a very ruinous condition. These hut circles appear to be associated with remains of low stone banks, possibly of fields or enclosures.
(12/12/1979) The remains of three Type 1 (SX 56 SE 19) hut circles at SX 63877559, SX 63897558 and SX 63897559 lie on a south-east slope at 357m. O.D. within a field system (see plan and SX 67 NW107). The huts are constructed of rubble walling, 0.2m. high and 1.0m. wide, and level interiors with diameters from 2.0m. to 5.7m. Entrances to the south-east are visible in the two smaller huts.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and at 1:2500 for A.O. Records. (Field system not surveyed but sketch plan at approximately 1:2500).

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric, (1963) (Cartographic). SDV350058.

(SX 63897559) Hut Circles (NR).

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF 58/6399, F62, 30-31 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225229.

These two hut circles appear to be associated with remains of low stone banks, possibly of fields or enclosures.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1509, 221-224 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346618.

The remains of three Type 1 hut circles at SX63877559, SX63897558 and Sx63897559, within a field system. The huts are constructed of rubble walling, 0.2 metres high and 1.0 metre wide, and level interiors with diameters from 2 to 5.7 metres. Entrances to the south-east are visible in the two smaller huts.

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

Two hut circles visible at SX63887559 and SX63897558 which are part of an enclosure and field system complex.

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

(26/07/1989) Hut circles forming part of settlement. These hut circles have been incorporated into SX 67 NW 107 but, not the information from aerial photographs or 1979 OS data.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46, Map 27 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Western settlement at Dunna Brook centred around a square enclosure containing a medium sized free standing hut of 6 metres diameter with an annexe of 3.2 metres attached and perhaps a second small building of 3 metres diameter in the western corner. Other details: Map 27, Site 12.

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

Part of the Prehistoric settlement east of Smith Hill Farm which was considered fro designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 121.

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

Three hut circles shown on survey.

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

Three 'Hut Circles' shown 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. 46, Map 27.
SDV225229Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF 58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). F62, 30-31.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96227 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346618Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 221-224.
SDV346899Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951/1979. SX67NW53. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Plan.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital. (1963).
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. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV27670Part of: Settlement north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)
MDV25984Related to: Leat supplying Brimpts Tin Mines (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8633 - Dunnabridge Farm, Duchy Farms Survey-Not finished
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2022 10:36AM