The middle one of three enclosures north of Ford Waste


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012769

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jun-1992


Ordnance survey map of The middle one of three enclosures north of Ford Waste
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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 60739 61955


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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. Within the landscape of Dartmoor there are many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or banks of stone and earth, most of which date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC), though earlier and later examples also exist. They were constructed as stock pens or as protected areas for crop growing and were sometimes subdivided to accommodate stock and hut circle dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. The size and form of enclosures may therefore vary considerably depending on their particular function. Their variation in form, longevity and relationship to other monument classes 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.

This middle enclosure of the three north of Ford Waste forms part of a dense concentration of occupation evidence along Ford Brook.


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This enclosure lies set into the south-east facing slope north of Ford Waste and consists of a bank up to 2m in width and 0.5m in height, with some stones standing higher. The bank has been partly robbed of stone near the newtake wall which runs south east of the enclosure. The enclosure measures some 50m east/west by 35m north/south and contains one hut circle near the northern bank. The hut circle measures 12m in diameter and has walls up to 1.5m in thickness and 0.5m in height, with a probable entrance to the south and some internal facing.

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: 10768

Legacy System: RSM


SX66SW-099, SX66SW-099, (1990)

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