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HER Number:MDV6740
Name:Hemstone North Hut Circle Settlement, Tom's Hill, Fernworthy

Summary

Dispersed group of five ruined hut circles which survive as circular earthworks in a large forest clearing. All but one of the group has been damaged by former overplanting.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 649 840
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/5
  • Old SAM County Ref: 961
  • Old SAM Ref: 286731

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

'Hut Circles' marked. Four hut circles are depicted.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1977, SX68SW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV245127.

Site visit 22nd August 1950. No trace of these hut circles could be found, the area being under dense afforestation.
Site visit 21st June 1951. Group of four hut circles. Only one has been destroyed at SX64978410. The others are quite prominent.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX68SE92 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV357810.


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

Department of Environment Site Monument Warden site visit 11th October 1983.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 157, Map 35.6 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Only the largest hut, 7.0 metres diameter, at the northern end of the group was not overplanted. The other huts have been much damaged. Diameters of the latter range between 4.0 and 5.0.


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

Hut circles visible in clearing in forest.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 36-7, Fig. 31 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Five ruined hut circles in a large clearing just bove and to the north of the forestry track. The huts survive as circular earthworks; very little stone is visible and there is no evidence of any large slabs.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement on Tom's Hill, 870 metres north west of Sandeman Bridge.
Despite afforestation, the unenclosed stone hut circle settlement on Tom's Hill, 870m north west of Sandeman Bridge, survives well and contains archaeological structures, features and deposits relating to prehistoric exploitation of this area of the moor.
The monument includes six stone hut circles situated on a gentle east facing slope overlooking the valley of the South Teign River. The hut circles survive as banks each surrounding an internal circular area which varies from 8 to 28.26 square metres with the average being 15.72 square metres. The height of the surrounding walls vary between 0.3m and 0.6m, with the average being 0.44m. Two of the huts have visible doorways and the walls are of orthostatic or rubble bank construction.

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. 157, Map 35.6.
SDV245127Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1977. SX68SW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Photocopy.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (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. [Mapped feature: #98447 ]
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 36-7, Fig. 31.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV357810Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX68SE92. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV6555Parent of: Hut Circle in Hemstone North Hut Circle Settlement, Toms Hill, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6744Parent of: Hut Circle in Hemstone North Hut Circle Settlement, Toms Hill, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6743Parent of: Hut Circle in Hemstone North Settlement, Toms Hill, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6741Parent of: Hut Circle in Hemstone North Settlement, Tom's Hill, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6742Parent of: Hut Circle in Hemstone North Settlement, Tom's Hill, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6731Related to: Hemstone South Hut Circle Settlement, Fernworthy (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:Nov 10 2015 12:26PM