This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Hut circles on Hedge Down

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Hut circles on Hedge Down

List entry Number: 1002620

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Widecombe in the Moor

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 28-Feb-1972

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DV 857

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Two stone hut circles 430m south west of Hedge Barton.

Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and, because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles and hut settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor. They mostly date from the Bronze Age, with the earliest examples on the Moor in this building tradition dating to about 1700 BC. The stone-based round houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of the turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity and their relationship with other monument types provide important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. Despite some fallen orthostats in the south western hut circle the two stone hut circles 430m south west of Hedge Barton demonstrate different building techniques and survive well. They will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to their construction, use, relative chronologies, agricultural practices, domestic arrangements and overall landscape context.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 12 November 2015.This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

eastern slopes of Honeybag Tor. The south western hut survives as a circular structure defined by large single orthostats, some of which have fallen, measuring up to 1m high and enclosing an interior which measures up to 6m in diameter. The north western hut circle is less substantially built and has some smaller orthostats and rubble walling with upright door jambs to the SSE and an internal diameter of up to 8m. The hut circles are both terraced into the hill.

Short lines of stones in the vicinity are possibly the remains of fields but these are not included in the scheduling because they have not been formally assessed.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, Volume One - The East , (1991), 49
Other
PastScape Monument No:-445054

National Grid Reference: SX 73082 78549, SX 73109 78568

Map

Map
© Crown Copyright and database right 2017. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1002620 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 17-Dec-2017 at 09:43:00.

End of official listing