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HER Number:MDV8779
Name:Grimspound enclosure entranceway, Manaton


Roughly paved entrance path into Grimspound enclosure, approximately 2.0 meters wide. Within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 701 808
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/49/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 142
  • Old SAM Ref: 22212

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GATE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1894, 1st Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee: The Exploration of Grimspound, 101-121 (Article in Serial). SDV304196.

Baring Gould, S., 1895, Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 82-3 (Article in Serial). SDV271711.

Ordnance Survey, 1953, SX78SW11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV304167.

Fox, A., 1954, Excavations at Kestor (Article in Serial). SDV304231.

Entrance of Grimspound. The entrance construction, which differs from the greater part of the pound walls at Round Pound, Kestor, resembles the original work at the entrance to Grimspound, or the massive walls of Broadun ring in the upper valley of the East Dart.

Pattison, P., 1991, A Survey of Grimspound, Manaton Parish, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV304224.

Surveyed by Royal Commission for the Historic Monuments in England in 1991. Entrance lies on south-eastern side of the enclosure. Exposed by the 1894 excavation (see Baring Gould). Roughly paved entrance passage 2.0 meters wide between side walls up to 2.0 meters high. The middle one of 3 steps down into exterior, noted in 1894, survives. North side wall is a continuous face formed by 2 massive edge-set slabs in situ. Some of 1894 reconstructed walling has disappeared or been altered. The south side wall has undergone similar changes. Towards the centre were several large slabs laid in horizontal courses and one upright slab. The upright has now gone. To either side of the slabs, coursed walling, the upper portions of which were built by the excavators, has been removed, but some of the lower, apparently original courses remain. The north-west ends of both side walls extend beyond the general line of the inner face of the enclosure wall. Even the lower courses may, therefore be reconstructions.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV271711Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1895. Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 82-3.
SDV304167Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1953. SX78SW11.
SDV304196Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1894. 1st Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee: The Exploration of Grimspound. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. A4 Comb Bound. 101-121.
SDV304224Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1991. A Survey of Grimspound, Manaton Parish, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV304231Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Excavations at Kestor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 86.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108870 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8778Part of: Grimspound enclosed settlement, Manaton (Monument)
MDV6641Part of: Grimspound enclosure wall, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2017 3:48PM