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HER Number:MDV8107
Name:Settlement south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington


Prehistoric settlement including a hut circle and field boundaries with a Medieval settlement superimposed on it.


Grid Reference:SX 753 775
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445008
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/57
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NE11
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLEMENT (Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX77NE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345523.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NE (Cartographic). SDV337084.

Group of three rectangular enclosures. The three rectangular enclosures are not visible as such. However, the remains of straight walls formed like a distorted 'E' are visible. The main wall runs from SX75287759 to SX75257748. From this, three fragments of wall run eastward as follows:- 1. SX75307759, 2. SX75307750, 3. SX75337742. There are traces of ridge and furrow in the northernmost element of this complex.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 20 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Settlement south-east fo Holwell Tor. Later activity has left little trace of the first settlement here. The granite tramway and shallow tinner's pits encroach on the site. Most of the damage has been caused by the Medieval occupation of the site. A single hut with well preserved double walls was built near the junction of three reaves which show faintly above the turf. The banks are discontinuous, but those oriented north to south are at right angles to the reave 100 metres downhill and probably once continued on to it. Ridge and furrow grooves cover about 1 hectare of the hillside below the tor, obliterating the earlier boundaries. Three small enclosures probably represent Medieval houses contemporary with the ridge and furrow. Other details: Map 1, Site 4, Figure 1.4.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Prehistoric settlement east of Holwell Tor considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Number 8.

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

National Monuments Record, 2010, 445008 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345524.

A possible Medieval settlement or farmstead comprising three rectangular, turf-covered stone foundations, at least two of which are probably buildings. The settlement is situated on the moderately sloping, north-facing coombe, created by the saddle of Holwell Tor and Haytor Rocks. The date is uncertain. The structures could be Medieval or could be dwellings related to stone industry which was in operation in the area during the early 19th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 20.
SDV337084Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107854 ]
SDV345523Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX77NE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345524National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 445008. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV8091Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Ilsington (Monument)
MDV8108Parent of: Medieval building south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Building)
MDV8109Parent of: Medieval building south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Building)
MDV8110Parent of: Medieval enclosure south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV116378Related to: Medieval Ridge and Furrow south of Prehistoric Settlement south-east of Holwell Tor, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Sep 2 2016 1:31PM