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Enclosure on the west side of the Erme valley below Stalldown

A Scheduled Monument in Harford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4394 / 50°26'21"N

Longitude: -3.9152 / 3°54'54"W

OS Eastings: 264097.291671

OS Northings: 61699.409317

OS Grid: SX640616

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.VN25

Mapcode Global: FRA 27PW.NK2

Entry Name: Enclosure on the west side of the Erme valley below Stalldown

Scheduled Date: 29 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012767

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10516

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Harford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone
walls or banks of earth and stone, 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 small enclosure, 28m. by 25m. has a hut circle 10.5m. in diameter at
the southern end. It is heavily overgrown by bracken and its entrance cannot
be certainly identified.

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 settlements, 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 on the south-east slope of Stalldown is a well-preserved
example with a hut circle. It provides important insight into farming
practices on the Moor during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR,

Source: Historic England

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