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HER Number:MDV6351
Name:Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

One of a series of hut circles forming part of a settlement. Internal diameter of hut 3.9 metres with walls 1.6-2.6 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high. There is a clear entrance in the east side.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 647 722
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW45
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/70/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 747E

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ministry of Public Building and Works, 10/03/1970, Hut Circle Village 600 yds SE of Swincombe (Schedule Document). SDV356121.

[one of a] series of hut circles associated with an extensive field wall system comprising presumably one economic and social unit. Hut e: 15 feet diameter. Cavity wall construction. Entrance to south-east.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Hut circle shown on 19th century map.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6472, SX6472/3/71 (Aerial Photograph). SDV245616.

Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 13th May 1983.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Hut circle visible and recorded.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 207, Map 62, Figure 62.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

One of 21 hut circles at 'Deep Swincombe East 1'. Hut Circle '6' at 5.1 metres with a curved wall around a courtyard to the south.

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

Hut circle shown on survey.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle visible.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Hut circle depicted.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 102593 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

An unenclosed stone hut circle settlement situated on the lower north facing slopes of Down Ridge overlooking the River Swincombe. The settlement survives as a scattered group of up to 21 stone hut circles situated downslope of the terminal reave of the Dartmeet coaxial field system and within a field from a later newtake. The hut circles vary in size internally from 2.8m up to 7.5m in diameter and are defined by generally low double faced or rubble walls. The entrances are not usually clearly defined, but most of the huts have been terraced into the slope. Two of the huts are linked by a boundary wall, two have clear annexes, one has an interior wall and one more appears to have a partial outer attached courtyard.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 26/07/1988, RCHME Site Visit (Report - Survey). SDV356898.

Site visit 26th July 1988. Hut Circle R. SX64747229. Internal diameter 3.9 metres. Walling of rubble now almost totally turf-covered forming a low bank 1.6-2.6 metres wide (widest at a bulge on the north-west), 0.15-0.4 metres high internally and 0.25-0.5 metres high externally. There is a clear entrance 0.9 metres wide in the east arc and a possible flanking stone, 0.4 metres high, against its south side. The interior is level, otherwise featureless. Condition is fair.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX67SW45, SX67SW45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV262132.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV245616Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6472. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). SX6472/3/71.
SDV262132Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX67SW45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX67SW45.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 207, Map 62, Figure 62.1.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #127133 ]
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356121Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 10/03/1970. Hut Circle Village 600 yds SE of Swincombe. The Schedule of Monuments. Photocopy.
SDV356898Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 26/07/1988. RCHME Site Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigations. Unknown.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 102593.

Associated Monuments

MDV6346Part of: Hut Circle Settlement 550 metres to south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6352Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe (Monument)
MDV6361Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe (Monument)
MDV6347Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6348Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6349Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV107444Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV107506Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6353Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6354Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6355Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6356Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6357Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6358Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6359Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6362Related to: Hut Circle in Settlement 550 metres south-east of Swincombe, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2020 12:38PM