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HER Number:MDV6579
Name:Hut Circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest

Summary

Remains of hut circle forming part of the lowton West settlement. Constructed of large slabs laid horizontally in two courses, a different method of construction to that used for other hut circles in the settlement. Some of the stones still remain giving an internal diameter of 7.4 metres. Entrance faces south-east.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 662 831
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144119
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/26
  • Old SAM County Ref: 957I
  • Old SAM Ref: 28671
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: 07/08/2013
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE46

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Hut circle depicted.


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

Fernworthy, West Lowton, 9B.
Site visit 1976. Hut circle, 7.0 metres diameter on east facing slope. Stone walls 1.7 metres thick although part of the walls as fallen away on the east side. Entrance on southern side. Largest sone, 1.2 metres by 0.3 metres thick. 1 metre above the ground. Not investigated, has been planted over.
January 1976. Hut clear of trees and other debris. Eight posts ringing clearance zone, tall trees standing inside but clear of debris. Trees outside post ring are within falling distance of hut circle.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 8.


Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party, 2 (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.

Fernworthy West Lowton 9B


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 this 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 visit 11th July 1983.


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

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


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144119 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 30th May 1997. Hut circle forming part of dispersed settlement. 6.9 metres diameter. Walls 1.5 metres wide, 0.95 metres high. The doorway faces south-south-east (155 degrees). The east-north-east side of the door is defined by an edge set orthostat, west-south-west by a flat stone, although a third slab resting against the first probably represents the original jamb.


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

Fernworthy, West Lowton, 9B. Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circle located in a clearing, on east facing slope, just above the track. Site marked. Stability good. Vegetation managed and grazed. Recommendations: maintain current management regime.


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

Fernworthy, West Lowton, 9B. Site visit 27th September 1996. Site marked by a single post. A fire to the north of the hut circle has left a deep hollow in the ground which needs to be filled in.


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

Site recorded.


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

Hut circle visible. Map object based on this source.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey, 26, Figs 20-22 (Un-published). SDV351708.


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

Hut circle marked.


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.


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

The method of construction used for this hut is different to others in the settlement. Large slabs have been laid horizontally in two courses. Some remain giving the hut circle an internal diameter of 7.4 metres. Much of the stone has been removed, however, leaving a circular earth and stone bank. The door opening in the south-east corner has one lining stone remaining upright while the other has fallen and is now leaning against it.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX68SE46 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276191.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV248248Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound. 2.
SDV276191Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX68SE46. 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. 144119.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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.
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. 26, Figs 20-22.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV104672Part of: Lowton West Settlement, Fernworthy Forest (Monument)
MDV6583Related to: Hut Circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 15 2014 2:42PM