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HER Number:MDV7750
Name:Ruined peat cutter's hut on Whitehorse Hill


Ruined hut; roughly square in shape. Chimney at western end (fallen). Walls uneven and low. Some stone may have been robbed to build 'Mute's Inn'. Peat-cutting nearby. Measures internally 2.1 by 2.4 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 616 852
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of post-medieval peat-cutters hut on Whitehorse Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NW 30
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/59
  • Pastscape: 443742
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 101 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Le Messuerier, B., 1975, Ruined hut on Whitehorse Hill (Worksheet). SDV268771.

Ruined hut, roughly square in shape. Chimney at west end (fallen). Lintel fallen down. Walls uneven and low. Some large stones end on. Some stone may have gone to 'Mute's Inn'. Peat-cutting nearby. Measures internally 2.1 by 2.4 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX68NW30, 5/9/1979, photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV268773.

As described by Le Messurier (1975). An entrance gap at south-west corner near the fireplace. Probably post-medieval and almost certainly associated with peat cutting nearby. Walling of partly coursed rubble 0.6 metres wide and partly upright slabs, with a maximum height of 0.5 metres.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 aerial photograph.

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

Visible on the aerial photograph.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 20/09/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

SX 61658523. A ruinous structure situated in an area which has been extensively worked for peat on the crest of the ridge running south from Hangingstone Hill.
The feature is as described in 1979 (Ordnance Survey) though the interior is partially obscured by the collapsed walls.
This structure probably functioned as a shelter or habitation for peat-cutters working the surrounding peat deposits. The remains of three other buildings of similar function (SX 68 NW 27, 33 and 34) lie in the general area (citing Probert, S. A. J., 02/09/1993, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).
As described by the previous authorities. No change in its condition (citing Fletcher, M., 20/10/2003, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 101.
SDV268771Worksheet: Le Messuerier, B.. 1975. Ruined hut on Whitehorse Hill. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV268773Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX68NW30. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 5/9/1979, photograph.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104452 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 20/09/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV7749Related to: Mute's (Moutes) Inn; ruined hut on Whitehorse Hill (Building)
MDV7751Related to: Ruined peat cutters' hut on Whitehorse Hill (Building)
MDV7748Related to: Ruined tinner's hut on Whitehorse Hill (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 20 2016 3:07PM