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Enclosure with hut circles north of Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4338 / 50°26'1"N

Longitude: -3.8735 / 3°52'24"W

OS Eastings: 267038.692673

OS Northings: 61002.956543

OS Grid: SX670610

Mapcode National: GBR QB.80QN

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SX.0RS

Entry Name: Enclosure with hut circles north of Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 10 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010205

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10857

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This enclosure lies on the northern edge of the summit of Corringdon Ball and
forms part of a concentration of occupation sites occurring in the area. It
consists of a sub circular enclosure, measuring 50m by 60m, defined by a bank
1.5m wide, 0.4m high and built of rubble. There is a gap of some 20m in the
bank, between two hut circles, on the western side. Three hut circles are
attached to the inside of the bank, one on the north eastern side and two on
the western side, they measure up to 8m in diameter and have rubble walls up
to 1m in thickness and 0.4m in height.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 with three hut circles forms part of a concentration of
contemporary occupation evidence surviving on Corringdon Ball, near the
ceremonial and funerary complex at Glasscombe.

Source: Historic England


SX 66 SE-107, SX 66 SE-107, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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