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HER Number:MDV6497
Name:Enclosure south-east of Saddle Bridge


Remains of enclosure associated with two hut circles south-east of Saddle Bridge. It's possible this settlement may be Iron Age in date as it overlies the Bronze Age reave system, but still respects the elements of it.


Grid Reference:SX 666 718
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/104
  • Old SAM County Ref: 345
  • Old SAM Ref: 22368
  • Pastscape: 443019

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD? (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, pt 1 5304-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147275.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX67SE56 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV139700.

SX 6658 7184. Three hut circles on a moderate well drained, north-west facing slope at 305 metres above OD, just above the river cliff of the O Brook. The huts are either built within, or integrated with the parallel reave system (SX 67 SE 92). 1:10 000 survey revised on PFD/AO Model Enlargement Survey at 1:1000 Scale on 495.

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

Ancient Monuments, 1954, Schedule information (Schedule Document). SDV139706.

Two hut circles on the south side of the road ascending to Combestone Tor from Saddle Bridge. There are three fields below the huts down to the edge of the O Brook, and one field above the huts on the north side of the road. The condition is good, there is a complete small farm of the early Iron Age Dartmoor type. The fields are bracken covered, and the smaller hut circle (a) has been filled with road silt.

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.

This is an enclosure visible on the aerial photographs integrated with the parallel reave system SX67SE/247, a reave dividing the enclosure into two halves. There are four elements to this enclosure, described above by the Ordnance Survey as fields. Two hut circles only are visible on 1977 aerial photograph, one attached to an internal wall.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 187, Map 60.19 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Butler depicts the substantial remains of a farmstead, cut through by the road. The main enclosure, on the west side of the reave, sub-divided into three, contains a central hut (MDV6498), now partly buried under the roadside bank.

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

The ground evidence suggests that this small settlement consisting of two well-constructed huts and the adjacent enclosures (on both sides of the road) respect but overlie the elements of the Dartmeet parallel reave system (SX 67 SE 95) in this area. Such a relationship is paralleled at Round Pound near Castor Rock which has been excavated and interpreted as Iron Age.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139700Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX67SE56. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV139706Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1954. Schedule information. Unknown.
SDV144287Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. NMR SX6672/3. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 166-170.
SDV147275Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). pt 1 5304-5.
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.
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. 187, Map 60.19.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #119653 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12974Related to: Feature previously described as a hut circle south-east of Saddle Bridge (Monument)
MDV6499Related to: Hut circle 200 metres south-east of Saddle Bridge (Monument)
MDV6498Related to: Hut circle by road 170 metres south-east of Saddle Bridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Sep 2 2019 4:17PM