Enclosure west of Ford Brook

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012801

Date first listed: 10-Sep-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Enclosure west of Ford Brook
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Location

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 60551 62310

Summary

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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 enclosure west of Ford Brook forms part of a dense concentration of occupation evidence along the Brook.

History

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Details

This enclosure lies on a south-east facing slope west of Ford Brook, half way between two groups of enclosures and stone hut circles on the same slope. It measures 20m by 30m and consists of a bank of earth and stone up to 2m in width and 0.5m in height, with a wide opening to the north-east and traces of internal banks of stone and earth within it.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 10771

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
SX66SW-138, SX66SW-138, (1990)

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