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Enclosure with hut circles west of Glasscombe Corner

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4336 / 50°26'1"N

Longitude: -3.8876 / 3°53'15"W

OS Eastings: 266035.308663

OS Northings: 61010.140136

OS Grid: SX660610

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.2342

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RX.18J

Entry Name: Enclosure with hut circles west of Glasscombe Corner

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012447

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10565

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


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.2500-500BC) though earlier and later ones also exist. This enclosure lies
west of Glasscombe Corner and on the north bank of a tributary of the West
Glaze Brook. It consists of a circular enclosure 33.5 m. in diameter, with
walls up to 1.5 m. thick and over a metre high, often incorporating large
naturally embedded boulders. There are four hut circles, two within the
enclosure and one internally and one externally attached to the wall, they
are of similar size, 6 or 7 m. in diameter and remain up to 0.5m high.

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 a relict upland 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 the later industrial remains, gives significant
insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time.
The enclosure west of Glasscombe Corner is a well-preserved example with hut
circles. It provides important insight into farming practices on the moor
during prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66SE-011,

Source: Historic England

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