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Enclosure with hut circles north of Bala Brook intake

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4524 / 50°27'8"N

Longitude: -3.8744 / 3°52'27"W

OS Eastings: 267030.439875

OS Northings: 63075.224911

OS Grid: SX670630

Mapcode National: GBR QB.6SM1

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SV.LFN

Entry Name: Enclosure with hut circles north of Bala Brook intake

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1957

Last Amended: 17 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012783

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10623

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

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
north of Bala Brook intake is D-shaped, with two arms of walling extending
towards an enclosure immediately to the east and passing two conjoined hut
circles. The wall is stone-built and up to 3m in thickness and 0.5m in
height. It contains four hut circles and has one immediately outside the
north wall, they are up to 12m in diameter with walls up to 2m in thickness
and 1m in height and entrances to the north or north-west. There are three
tinners' caches in the enclosure and one immediately outside.

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.
This enclosure with hut circles is a well-preserved example, close to others
along the Bala Brook. It provides important insight into farming practices
on the Moor during the prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66SE-129,
Devon Couty SMR SX66SE-129 & 059,

Source: Historic England

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