Two stone hut circles, a length of boundary bank and a short length of the Devonport Leat 380m WNW of Raddick Hill summit


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011184

Date first listed: 16-Jul-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jun-1994


Ordnance survey map of Two stone hut circles, a length of boundary bank and a short length of the Devonport Leat 380m WNW of Raddick Hill summit
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Walkhampton

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 57529 71165

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 and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The two stone hut circles and a length of boundary bank 380m WNW of Raddick Hill summit, survive well within an area containing a large variety of important archaeological monuments. The settlement contains archaeological remains and evidence relating to the monument, the economy of its inhabitants and the landscape in which they lived. As such it provides a valuable insight into the nature of Bronze Age occupation on the west side of the Moor.


This monument includes two stone hut circles on a north west-south east alignment, a linking length of boundary bank and a short length of the Devonport Leat, situated on a gentle west-facing slope of Raddick Hill overlooking the valley of the River Meavy. The stone hut circles are composed of stone and earth banks surrounding an internal area. The south eastern hut wall measures 1.4m wide and 0.5m high and defines a 6.5m diameter internal area. This hut has seen limited damage as a result of the Devonport Leat cutting through its centre. The Devonport Leat extends from the Cowsic valley to Devonport and has carried domestic water to the town since the late 18th century. The leat now carries water to the Burrator reservoir. A 23m long, 1.5m wide and 0.3m high rubble boundary bank leads WNW from the south eastern hut to the second building. The interior of the north western hut measures 6.8m in diameter and is defined by a 1.8m wide wall standing up to 0.5m high. A gap in the southern wall of this building represents an original doorway. The Devonport leat is included within the monument because of its close association with the earlier archaeological deposits. An enclosure lies to the south of this monument, the subject of a separate scheduling.

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: 22312

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57SE15,
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57SE193,
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1987)
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1987)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

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