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HER Number:MDV6580
Name:Hut circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest

Summary

Remains of a hut circle 5.4 metres diameter forming part of Lowton West hut circle settlement. North-eastern end of a line of three.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 663 831
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/26/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 957G
  • Old SAM Ref: 28671

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. Terrace hut. Internal orthostats remain. D-shaped.


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

Fernworthy Plantation. West Lowton 6B.
Hut circle 5.3 metres diameter on a platform site, cut into an east facing slope. Very ruinous low stone wall. Largest stone 0.6 by 0.3 metres, standing 1.7 metres above the ground. Has been planted over. Not investigated. Part of an enclosure wall visible on southern side of hut running east-west.
February 1976. Ten posts ring the clearance zone, enclosing 6B, 7B, 8B and part of the enclosure wall. All agreements carried out.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 5.


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

Not work has been carried out to the West Lowton group of sites since 1976.


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

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 16th December 1983.


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

Not visible on 1946 RAF photos due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144115 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 30th May 1997. Hut circle forming part of dispersed settlement. 5.0 metres by 4.5 metres. Single orthorstat wall. Oriented north-west to south-east. A length of boundary wall leads off from the hut.


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

Fernworthy. West Lowton Group 6B. Site visit 27th May 1992. [One of] three hut circles next to one another in a clearing on an east facing slope. Just down from trackway. Site marked. Stability good. Land currently grazed and vegetation mechanically controlled. Suggested maintain current management regime. Other details: photo.


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

Fernworthy. West Lowton Group 6B. Site visit 27th September 1996. [One of] three hut circles next to one another in a clearing on an east facing slope. Adjacent to a trackway. Only 1 post marks all three sites. At least one marked post is recommended for each site.


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 on aerial photograph.


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

Hut circle visible.


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


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 located at the base of a lynchet which formed a boundary wall or reave. Although the levelled interior and an outline portion of the hut's wall on the south-west side is visible, robbing has left only a circular earthwork. Interior diameter 5.4 metres.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX68SE46 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV277957.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144115.
SDV277957Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX68SE46. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. [Mapped feature: #97970 ]
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.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital.
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)
MDV6581Related to: Hut circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest (Monument)
MDV6582Related 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 12:13PM