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HER Number:MDV6296
Name:Enclosure within settlement north-east of Swincombe water intake


Small two-celled enclosure within settlement north-east of Swincombe water intake. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 637 720
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Central western section of the Bronze Age Venford Reave at Swincombe, with a number of attached hut circle settlements and enclosures, as well as an extensive Bronze Age field system, a cairn and a post-Medieval blowing house on Down Ridge

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/51/3
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1980, SX67SW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234066.

Hut Circle B (at SX6372/7407) is a small double-walled type circle in poor condition with diameter measuring 4.0 meters with a probable entrance to the east. The walls are composed of turf-covered stones measuring 1.0 meters in width, remaining to a height of 0.3 meters. This structure has been heavily disturbed with some of the stones thrown down towards the centre. The circle butts onto the enclosure wall. Other details: Plan.

Pattison, P., 1988, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV345866.

Feature B (at SX 63737207) is a two-celled structure situated against an enclosure wall. The whole appears rectangular with rounded corners. Walling averages 1.3 meters wide and 0.2 - 0.5 meters high, composed of small - medium size rubble, now partly turf-covered. In contrast, the enclosure wall is of much larger stones. The western cell measures 3.2 by 2.5 meters internally, the eastern cell 2.9 by 2.0 meters, with longer axes east-west. Slight breaks either side of the common wall may indicate entrance ways.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV234066Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1980. SX67SW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97174 ]
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.
SDV345866Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1988. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6293Part of: Settlement 500 meters north-east of Swincombe water intake (Monument)
MDV6294Related to: Enclosure within settlement north-east of Swincombe water intake (Monument)
MDV6297Related to: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake (Monument)
MDV6298Related to: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake (Monument)
MDV6295Related to: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 2:13PM