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HER Number:MDV6543
Name:Small pound with hut on Shapley Common


Double walled hut circle with an orthostat on its eastern side which probably marks a doorway. A small pound, also double walled, is attached to the east side of the hut. The hut diameter is 8 metres and the pound is cut by a later stone field boundary and bank.


Grid Reference:SX 697 831
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE61
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443858
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV314971.

Vis=3/3/1971 (ancient monuments) small pound enclosing a hut circle. Very well preserved hut circles. Hut a has wall uprights two stones thick; entrance in south west corner, enclosed in small pound. Vis=ormerod notes remains of old enclosures on northerly end of shapley down, above moor gate. Two hut circles stand in enclosures. Another adjoins bank or wall. Outside, rare occurrence of 2 semi-circular enclosures (ormerod).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV314973.

Ormerod, g. W. /jbaa/20(1864)304/on the hut-circles on the eastern side of dartmoor.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953/1978, SX68SE61 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV314972.

(06/05/1953) SX 6978 8313 Double walled Bronze Age hut circle with an orthostat on its eastern side which probably marks the doorway even though several gaps have been made in the walling. Attached to the huts walling on its east side is a small pound, also with double walling, cut by a later bank and stone field boundary. The hut has a grassy centre. The ground slopes gently from south to north on this northern flank of Shapley Common, and is covered by close furze and in parts it is extremely boggy.
(16/06/1978) This homestead remains as described in the field report of 06-MAY-1953.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1508, 880-886 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346563.

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

A hut circle is visible incorporated into the wall of an enclosure.

Environment Agency WMS, 2019, LiDAR DSM data (1m resolution), 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362957.

Visible on lidar data.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV314971Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV314972Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953/1978. SX68SE61. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV314973Migrated Record:
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.
SDV346563Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1508. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 880-886.
SDV362957Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 2019. LiDAR DSM data (1m resolution), 2019. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #136853 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6544Related to: Hut circle settlement 240 metres east of Challacombe Cross (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2022 11:53AM