Stone hut circle 975m WSW of West Castick Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012046

Date first listed: 04-Dec-1992


Ordnance survey map of Stone hut circle 975m WSW of West Castick Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: North Hill

National Grid Reference: SX 25206 76632


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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 Hawkstor Downs has survived well and displays clear details of its construction. Its proximity to other broadly contemporary hut circles demonstrates well the nature of settlement during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a stone hut circle situated near other broadly contemporary hut circles on the north-western lower slope of the Hawkstor Downs on eastern Bodmin Moor. The hut circle survives with a turf-covered wall of heaped rubble, up to 1.5m wide and 0.6m high, around a circular interior area, 8m in diameter, levelled into the hillslope. The wall incorporates spaced boulders and occasional inner facing slabs in its construction. This is one of five similar hut circles on this hillslope forming a small Prehistoric settlement, the other hut circles being situated beyond this monument, centred from 16m to 75m away to the south, SW and west. The modern post-and-wire fence is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath it 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: 15178

Legacy System: RSM


Amendments & Additions, Rose, P & Herring, P, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. An Evaluation for the MPP, (1990)
consulted 1/1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1053,
Consulted 1/1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1078,
Information given by Peter Rose re discovery of PRN 3629, (1992)

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