An Enclosed Stone Hut Circle Settlement and Later Tin Working Earthworks, 540m South East of Down Tor


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Bronze Age
Field System

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Devon County Council

District Council

West Devon Borough Council



Parliamentary Constituency

Torridge and West Devon

Grid Reference

SN584584 (258401, 69001)

WGS84 Coordinates

50.5031, -3.99697

Nearest Postcode

PL20 6PG

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An enclosure containing 13 stone hut circles, a number of tinworking earthworks and a length of leat, situated 540 metres south-east of Down Tor. The enclosure boundary survives as a 2 metre wide rubble bank, standing up to 0.8 metres high and surrounding an oval area measuring 122 metres by 94 metres. A post medieval drystone wall 0.7 metres wide and 1.4 metres high, runs on top of the original boundary. The hut circles are composed of stone and earthen banks with internal diameters varying between 3 and 7 metres, the average being 4.89 metres. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.4 and 1.5 metres, with an average of 0.81 metre. One hut has 2 rooms, three are linked by a low rubble bank and one possesses a visible doorway. Two different types of tin mining were later carried out within the enclosure. There are a series of pits in the north-eastern corner, associated with a type of tinworking known as a lode-back work. The second type is represented by a 5 metre deep circular pit with three 4 metre high dumps on its downslope side. This is a shaft, dug to gain access to the same tin lode but at a greater depth. A short length of leat cuts through the southern part of the enclosure. This would originally have carried water to the tinworks on the western side of Down Tor. Scheduled.

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