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HER Number:MDV6494
Name:Hut circle in enclosure 75 metres south-west of Saddle Bridge


Hut in reave system; one of a group of three with an enclosure originally recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1950. Further surveys in 1977 and 1995 recorded a hut with a diameter of 6.9 metres internally, walls 1.5 metres wide, 0.7 metres high. Entrance to south-east, smaller hut (5.0 metres diameter) utilises part of interior.


Grid Reference:SX 663 718
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Part of the Dartmeet parallel reave system east of Down Ridge. Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age field system adjoining the Venford Reave, with numerous hut circles, enclosures, cairns and a later medieval field system

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE201
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/101
  • Pastscape (Yes): 1065075

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC? to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1890-2373 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX67SE55, A (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV217554.

(Visited 27/4/1950) Hut A and enclosure SX 6638 7186. Hut 9.0 metres in diameter, walling consists of large turf-covered stones 1.5 metres wide by 0.7 metres high. Well defined entrance to south-east. This hut circle is within a small enclosure (22 metres north-west by south-east, 15 metres north-north-east by south-south-west) which has no obvious entrance.
(Visited 18/7/1977) The hut and enclosure are in poor condition. The hut is on the outside of the enclosure, attached to the wall. Eastern entrance with porch. At SX 6638 7185.

Fox, A., 1954, Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor, 102/plan (Article in Serial). SDV231175.

National Monument Record, 1977, NMR SX6672/3, 166-170 (Aerial Photograph). SDV144287.

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

Enclosure, divided in two by reave, and integrated with parallel reave system SX67SE/248 visible on aerial photographs. In one corner appears to be a large almost square-shaped hut circle incorporated into an element of the enclosure. It is not clear from the 1977 aerial photograph what exactly is within this area.

Probert, S. A. J., 1995-1997, Royal Commission Survey on Down Ridge (Report - Survey). SDV363196.

(Visited 10/01/1996) SX 665718. A group of ten hut circles within a well-developed portion of the Dartmeet Parallel Reave System (locally SX 67 SE 95) in Slade Newtake south-west of Saddle Bridge.
The huts (see related records) are mostly relatively large with diameters in the range of 3.7 metres to 7.0 metres and well preserved. Their walls are well-defined and sometimes massively built with upright slabs and coursed boulders. Entrances, where apparent, are usually in the south-eastern quadrant. Most of the huts lie in a series of small regular enclosures subdividing the large rectangular blocks between the axial elements of the parallel system. A solitary cairn (SX 67 SE 208) lies at SX 66416 71764 at the centre of the settlement.
Hut at SX 66384 71871, diameter 6.9 metres internally, walls 1.5 metres wide, 0.7 metres high. Entrance to south-east, smaller hut (5.0 metres diameter) utilises part of interior.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144287Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. NMR SX6672/3. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 166-170.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1890-2373.
SDV217554Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX67SE55. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. A.
SDV231175Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 20. Unknown. 102/plan.
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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119646 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV27685Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system on Holne Moor (Monument)
MDV6493Related to: Hut 120 metres south-west of Saddle Bridge (Monument)
MDV6495Related to: Hut 135 metres south-west of Saddle Bridge (Monument)
MDV12995Related to: Pillow mound south-west of Saddle Bridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe

Date Last Edited:Sep 2 2019 12:39PM