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HER Number:MDV6627
Name:Passageway to Hut Circle at Metherall

Summary

The double stone row depicted on early Ordnance Survey maps has now been proven to be a walled passageway leading uphill to one of the hut circles in the Metherall settlement. The passageway is partly submerged by the reservoir.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 670 841
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 443902
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/57/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) STONE ALIGNMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))
  • PASSAGE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

'Stone Avenue (remains of)' depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Stone row' depicted on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey historic map.


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

Stone row not visible on Royal Air Force aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, Fig. 35.1 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Passageway from the riverbank approaching a hut circle. About 5.0 metres wide but increases in width nearer the hut circle which it joins on the south near the entrance.


Gerrard, S., 1999, Metherall Bronze Age settlement (Un-published). SDV259666.

Site visit 14th June 1999. Considered under Monument Protection Programme but no stone alignment found.
A passageway leading to a stone hut circle 325 metres north-west of Metherall. A passageway denoted by orthostatic walling leading towards on hut circle. The northern part of this features is now beneath the reservoir and is not included within the scheduled area of the monument.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Supplement. The Lakeside Area and Lowton Farmsteads, 6, Fig. 5 (Report - Survey). SDV356884.

Early Ordnance Survey maps depict a double stone row leading uphill in an east-south-east direction towards one of the huts in the Metherall settlement. This feature was subsequently proved to be a walled lane associated with the hut and comprising parallel walls set about 4.7 metres apart and built from large boulders. Only the final 20 metres of these walls survive in a buried condition, comprising a subtle bank with some stone protruding. The earth has washed out of the section that is normally submerged showing the mass of individual boulders.


Quinnell, N. V., 22/03/1995, Metherall Stone Row (Personal Comment). SDV259644.

Seems very doubtful. Denuded prehistoric field bank?

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. Fig. 35.1.
SDV259644Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 22/03/1995. Metherall Stone Row.
SDV259666Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1999. Metherall Bronze Age settlement. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Digital.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV356884Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Supplement. The Lakeside Area and Lowton Farmsteads. Newman, P.. A4 Comb Bound. 6, Fig. 5.

Associated Monuments

MDV107529Part of: Metherall Hut Settlement, Chagford (Monument)
MDV27857Related to: Fernworthy Reservoir (Monument)
MDV6625Related to: Hut circle 300 metres north-west of Metherall Farm, Fernworthy Reservoir (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6533 - Archaeological Survey of South-West Lakeside Trust Land around Fernworthy Reservoir

Date Last Edited:Nov 11 2015 9:22AM