Stone hut circle 812m NW of Wardbrook Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009739

Date first listed: 02-Jun-1992


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Linkinhorne

National Grid Reference: SX 24955 73804


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Reasons for Designation

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on the Moor, mostly dating from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone-based round houses survive as low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of a turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts occur singly or in small or large groups and may occur in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity of use and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices among prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This hut circle on the Langstone Downs has survived reasonably well with no evidence of disturbance. Its proximity to a broadly contemporary land boundary and to hut circle settlements and field systems on the lower slopes of the Downs provides an insight into the nature of settlement organisation and farming practices during the Bronze Age.


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The monument comprises a small stone hut circle situated near a Prehistoric linear boundary on the upper SW slope of the Langstone Downs on SE Bodmin Moor. It is located above extensive Prehistoric field systems and settlement sites on the lower slopes of the Langstone Downs. The hut circle survives with a circular rubble wall, up to 1.5m wide and 0.5m high, around an internal area 4m in diameter and levelled into the hill slope. The wall has a 1m wide gap facing ESE marking the site of the original entrance. There is no evidence of disturbance to the hut circle itself but a modern granite boundary marker post, 1.5m high, has been erected immediately beyond the SSW edge of the hut circle wall and others have been laid on the turf against its western side. The erect and prone modern boundary posts are excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath them is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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

Legacy System number: 15092

Legacy System: RSM


consulted 9/1991, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcriptions for SX 2473 SX 2474 SX 2573,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entries for PRN 1398 (NW edge);1274 (SE edge);1287,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1398,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1398.23,

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