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Enclosure south of Lower Hartor Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.489 / 50°29'20"N

Longitude: -3.9717 / 3°58'18"W

OS Eastings: 260226.253289

OS Northings: 67322.799129

OS Grid: SX602673

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5RJQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27KR.Y6L

Entry Name: Enclosure south of Lower Hartor Tor

Scheduled Date: 25 May 1962

Last Amended: 22 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012295

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10686

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

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.2500-500
BC), though earlier and later ones also exist.
This enclosure lies on a south-west facing slope above the River Plym, south
of Lower Hartor Tor. It is sub-oval in shape and measures c.110m by 84m and
is defined by a bank of large stones and earth up to 2m in width and 1m in
height. There is a possible entrance to the north-east. There are three huts
within the enclosure, ranging from 8m to 10m in diameter, with walls 2m in
thickness and up to 0.5m in height, faced on the inner side. Entrances in the
walls face south or east. A cairn lies outside the enclosure to the south-

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.
This enclosure is a well-preserved example with hut circles. It provides
important insight into farming practices on the Moor during the Prehistoric

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66NW-036,

Source: Historic England

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