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Enclosure north-east of Brisworthy Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Meavy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4753 / 50°28'30"N

Longitude: -4.0293 / 4°1'45"W

OS Eastings: 256101.528918

OS Northings: 65906.679099

OS Grid: SX561659

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.TGTV

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GS.S34

Entry Name: Enclosure north-east of Brisworthy Plantation

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012084

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10665

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Meavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by
stone walls or earth and stone banks, which acted as stock pens or protected
areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to accommodate hut
dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date to the Bronze Age
(c.2500 to 500BC), though earlier and later ones also exist.
This enclosure lies c.300m north-east of Brisworthy Plantation on a southern
spur of Ringmoor Down. It is 40m in diameter and has an earthen bank up
to 2m in width and 0.3m in height, with some large stones protruding. It has
been disturbed by digging in the south-west quadrant. The enclosure lies
within 50m of a stone circle, 250m north-west of Ringmoor Down stone
alignment and within 200m of Eylesbarrow watershed reave and associated

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 provides 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.
Although partly disturbed, this enclosure lies within close proximity to a
stone circle, stone alignment and the Eylesbarrow Reave. As such it provides
important insight into the relationship between ceremonial and non-
ceremonial monuments in the Dartmoor landscape.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX56NE-292,

Source: Historic England

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