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Stone hut circle 440m WSW of Tresellern Farm

A Scheduled Monument in North Hill, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5637 / 50°33'49"N

Longitude: -4.4976 / 4°29'51"W

OS Eastings: 223203.745471

OS Northings: 76747.585934

OS Grid: SX232767

Mapcode National: GBR ND.FVZ1

Mapcode Global: FRA 17GK.X7C

Entry Name: Stone hut circle 440m WSW of Tresellern Farm

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011867

English Heritage Legacy ID: 15183

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: North Hill

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: North Hill

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a stone hut circle situated on the south-west flank of a
broad spur projecting south-east from East Moor on eastern Bodmin Moor. The
monument is situated near other broadly contemporary settlement sites and
funerary monuments on and around the spur.
The hut circle survives as a circular wall of heaped rubble, up to 1.75m wide
and 0.6m high, around a level internal area 4m in diameter. The hut circle
wall incorporates occasional inner and outer facing slabs, up to 0.7m high,
and has an entrance gap 0.9m wide facing south-west. This is marked on its
southern side by a small end-set slab or orthostat, 0.5m high, and on its
western side by an outer facing slab set across the wall line.

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

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been
recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The
Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the
best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of
prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human
exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The
well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field
systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains
provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land
use through time. Stone hut circles were the dwelling places of prehistoric
farmers on the Moor, mostly dating from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The
stone-based round houses survive as low walls or banks enclosing a circular
floor area; remains of a turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts occur
singly or in small or large groups and may occur in the open or be enclosed by
a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their
longevity of use and their relationship with other monument types provides
important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming
practices among prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative
of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

This hut circle near Tresellern Farm has survived well and displays clear
details of its construction. Its proximity to other broadly contemporary hut
circles and cairns demonstrates well the nature of settlement and the
organisation of land use during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


consulted 2/1992, Carter, A (RCHME), 1:2500 AP transcription for SX 2376,
consulted 2/1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1079,

Source: Historic England

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