Enclosure on the west side of the Erme valley below Stalldown


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012767

Date first listed: 29-Nov-1991


Ordnance survey map of Enclosure on the west side of the Erme valley below Stalldown
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Cornwood

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 64097 61700

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 provides direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlements, 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. This enclosure on the south-east slope of Stalldown is a well-preserved example with a hut circle. It provides important insight into farming practices on the Moor during the prehistoric period.


The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or banks of earth and stone, which acted as stock pens or protected areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to accommodate hut dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date to the Bronze Age (c. 2500 - 500 BC), though earlier and later ones also exist. This small enclosure, 28m. by 25m. has a hut circle 10.5m. in diameter at the southern end. It is heavily overgrown by bracken and its entrance cannot be certainly identified.

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: 10516

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County SMR,

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