Grimspound Prehistoric Settlement, nr Manaton, Devon

This is a reconstruction drawing of what Grimspound Prehistoric Settlement might have looked like. Grimspound consists of the remains of a partly enclosed stone hut circle settlement and field system dating from the late Bronze Age. It is situated in a fold of hills between Hookney Tor and Hameldon at a height of 1500 ft on the eastern side of Dartmoor. The enclosure comprises an earth and stone wall surrounding an area containing at least 24 stone hut circles. The site has undergone reconstruction since it was first recorded in 1797, though not always accurately. In 1894, 16 of the hut circles were partly excavated and numerous structures and artefacts were uncovered. These included porches, paved floors, 'hearths', 'raised benches', pottery, `anvil stones', flints and cooking stones. There was further restoration work in the 1960s, under the direction of Lady Fox, and in 1991 an RCHME (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England) survey was carried out on the site. The site is now in the care of English Heritage (2010). Find out more.


Devon Manaton


Prehistoric (to AD42)



reconstruction drawing bronze age rural settlement english heritage