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HER Number:MDV8754
Name:Berry Pound on Hamel Down


Berry Pound a Prehistoric enclosure on Hamel Down


Grid Reference:SX 713 803
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of Prehistoric enclosure known as Berry Pound; set within a wider prehistoric field system on the eastern side of Hamel Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445640
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/31
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW14
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, CPE/UK/1995, 4354 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217286.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1976, SX78SW14 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346389.

Berry Pound situated upon the fairly sharp southern slopes of a hill. The pound has evidently been robbed of much of its stone and now in the west consists of a wall spread out to the east and elsewhere of a turf bank. In the north the wall has been incorporated into a field boundary of later date. There are no traces of interior hut circles or of a definite entrance.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 31 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX78SW (Cartographic). SDV346261.

Visible on aerial photographs with traces of ridge and furrow within it.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 145-6 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Prehistoric pound clinging to the steep hillside beside the East Webburn river. Its was included within later enclosures on the east side of the down. All traces of huts, which were almost certainly present, have been cleared from within and the marks of the plough can be clearly seen scoring the interior. The site was exceptionally steep for a pound and stones from the inner wall uphill have slid down the slope in a confused tumble with only the largest remaining in place. The Medieval ridge and furrow in the outer field run right up to the walls of a small longhouse to the east. Other details: Map 20, Site 3, Figure 20.3.

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

Berry Pound was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 79.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 445640 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346390.

The earthworks of a sub-circular enclosure which is probably Prehistoric. Possible cropmark of a hut circle within it.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Berry Pound' shown on modern mapping as a large circular feature on the east side of Hamel Down.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217286Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4354.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 145-6.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 31.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108834 ]
SDV346261Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX78SW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346389Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1976. SX78SW14. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346390National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 445640. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV18865Related to: Alignment (Monument)
MDV103662Related to: Enclosure at the southern edge of Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV8819Related to: Natsworthy deserted site, Berry Pound (Monument)
MDV26701Related to: Part of MDV26877 (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2013 11:42AM