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The northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4412 / 50°26'28"N

Longitude: -3.9628 / 3°57'46"W

OS Eastings: 260720.948072

OS Northings: 61989.041357

OS Grid: SX607619

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.GMVR

Mapcode Global: FRA 27LW.FZK

Entry Name: The northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste

Scheduled Date: 12 January 1961

Last Amended: 10 June 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012799

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10770

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Cornwood

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This enclosure, the northern of three north of Ford Waste, consists of a
curving bank with a hut circle attached to it and a wide opening to the
south-west. It lies in an area of natural boulders and measures some 20m
north/south by 15m east/west, defined by a bank of earth and stone over a
metre in width and up to 0.5m in height. The hut circle is attached to the
southern bank and is 9m in diameter with walls 1m in thickness and 0.5m in
height and a probable entrance 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. Within the landscape of Dartmoor
there are many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or banks of
stone and earth, most of which date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC), though
earlier and later examples also exist. They were constructed as stock pens or
as protected areas for crop growing and were sometimes subdivided to
accommodate stock and hut circle dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. The size
and form of enclosures may therefore vary considerably depending on their
particular function. Their variation in form, longevity and relationship to
other monument classes provide important information on the diversity of
social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities.
They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial
proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This, the northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste, forms part of a
dense concentration of occupation evidence along Ford Brook.

Source: Historic England


SX66SW-099, SX66SW-099, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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