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Enclosure with hut circles west of Plym Steps

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4873 / 50°29'14"N

Longitude: -3.973 / 3°58'22"W

OS Eastings: 260128.43169

OS Northings: 67133.612543

OS Grid: SX601671

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5R7G

Mapcode Global: FRA 27KR.XN7

Entry Name: Enclosure with hut circles west of Plym Steps

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1962

Last Amended: 2 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10687

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 north-east facing slope above the confluence of the
River Plym and Langcombe Brook, west of Plym Steps. It consists of an ovoid
enclosure which measures 87m north to south and 91m east to west, defined by
a bank of earth and stone up to 0.3m in height and 2m in width. Within it
there are four huts, ranging from 6m to 10m in diameter with walls up to 2m
in width and 0.6m in height. One hut is attached to the southern wall, the
others are free-standing. The enclosure is crossed by a disused leat.

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-035,

Source: Historic England

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