Stone hut circle settlement 900m west of Devil's Bridge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018931

Date first listed: 16-Jul-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jun-2000


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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 57201 72970


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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. 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 stone hut circle settlement 900m west of Devil's Bridge survives well and contains important environmental and archaeological information. Together with other broadly contemporary settlements on Walkhampton Common this one provides an insight into the character of occupation in this area during the Bronze Age. An unusual feature of this particular settlement is that every hut has a clearly visible doorway.


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The monument includes a stone hut circle settlement situated on a gentle south west facing slope overlooking the Yes Tor Brook. The settlement includes at least seven stone hut circles which survive as circular or oval banks each surrounding an internal area which varies from 7 sq m to 19.6 sq m, with the average being 10 sq m. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.3m and 0.6m, with the average being 0.4m. All of the huts have visible doorways. A lynchet within the settlement may indicate the presence of fields or enclosures which now survive largely as buried features. Two small pits lying within the monument are between 0.7m and 0.8m deep and were probably associated with historic prospecting activities on Walkhampton Common.

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.


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Legacy System number: 28734

Legacy System: RSM


MPP Fieldwork by S. Gerrard, Gerrard, S., (1998)

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