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HER Number:MDV6577
Name:Hut Circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest

Summary

Remains of hut circle, 7.5 metres diameter, cut into the slope. Part of the Lowton West dispersed hut circle settlement.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 662 832
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144113
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/25
  • Old SAM County Ref: 957E
  • Old SAM Ref: 28671
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE45

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Morley, 1975, Ancient Monuments Division Site Visit (Unknown). SDV351964.

Site visit 4th May 1975. Subrectangular hut of large stones, largely tumbled.


Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Fernworthy Plantation. West Lowton 5B.
Site visit January 1976. Hut circle 7.5 metres diameter on a platform site, cut into an east-facing slope. Stone walls 1.5 metres thick, part of the wall has fallen away on the eastern side. Largest stone 1.5 by 0.2 metres, standing 1.0 metres above ground. Much clitter inside the hut. Not investigated, has been planted over.
February 1976. 8 posts ringing clearance zone. All agreements carried out.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 4.


Turner, J., 1978, Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976 (Report - non-specific). SDV351816.

No work has been carried out on the West Lowton group of sites since January 1976.


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

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visits 11th July and 16th December 1983.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 RAF aerial photo due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP144113 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 30th May 1997. Hut circle, 7.3 metres diameter. Double orthostat wall 1.5 metres wide, 1.0 metres high. Internal area 41.83 square metres. A boundary bank leads off from this hut at an angle of 55 degrees.


Smith, N., 1992, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992 (Un-published). SDV351819.

Fernworthy. West Lowton Group 5B. Site visit 25th May 1992. Hut circle located just below trackway, in a clearing. Site marked. Vegetation mechanically controlled and grazed. Recommended that present management regime be maintained. Other details: Photo.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Fernworthy. West Lowton Group 5B. Site visit 27th Septebmer 1996. Marked by a single post.


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

Site recorded.


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

Site visible in a cleared area on aerial photograph.


Fugro-BKS, 2013, Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey (Cartographic). SDV351778.

Site visible.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Hut circle depicted.


English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

[Part of] dispersed stone hut circle settlement and associated fields 490 metres south-east of Silk House.
The monument, which falls into six areas, includes a dispersed stone hut circle settlement and associated fields situated on a north east facing slope overlooking the valley of the Lowton Brook. The settlement contains at least 12 stone hut circles together with a number of lengths of rubble walling forming part of a field system. The stone hut circles within the settlement all survive as banks each surrounding an internal circular area which varies from 14.51 to 55.39 square metres with the average being 30.56 square metres. The height of the surrounding walls vary between 0.6m and 1.3m, with the average being 0.91m. Four of the huts have visible doorways and the orthostatic, rubble bank and coursed walling building traditions are all represented.
Despite afforestation, the dispersed stone hut circle settlement and associated fields lying west of Lowton Brook survives well and contains archaeological structures, features and deposits, relating to the exploitation of this part of the moor during the Bronze Age period.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 26, Fig. 20 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Hut circle located at a junction between two reaves. Two orthostats from the wall remain in situ and there are several tumbled stones on the ground but the larger stones have been removed leaving a disturbed earthwork circle 7.5 metres diameter. Its level floor is terraced into the hillside. A breach in the south-east quadrant represents a former entrance.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX68SE45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276178.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV276178Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX68SE45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP144113.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
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.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97962 ]
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 26, Fig. 20.
SDV351816Report - non-specific: Turner, J.. 1978. Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976. A4 Stapled.
SDV351819Un-published: Smith, N.. 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351820Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351823Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. Digital.
SDV351964Unknown: Morley. 1975. Ancient Monuments Division Site Visit. Ancient Monuments Division Site Visit. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV104672Part of: Lowton West Settlement, Fernworthy Forest (Monument)
MDV6578Related to: Hut Circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land
  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:May 22 2014 12:05PM