MDE1263 - Natural outcrop on Cheriton Ridge (Monument)


A hut circle is depicted on historic mapping. Field investigation has suggested this feature may represent a natural outcrop; however, a prehistoric stone row has been recorded in the vicinity, which may have previously been misinterpreted.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(SS 7520 4382) Hut Circle (NR) [1] Cheriton Ridge SS 7520 4388 shown as hut circle on Ordnance Survey but Whybrow suggests it is probably a natural outcrop. [2] SS 7520 4389. A cairn according to Whybrow; not found by Grinsell in 1969. [3] Neither a hut circle nor any natural outcrop could be found in this vicinity. The published entry would seem to be spurious. [4] There is no trace of a hut circle in the area of the National Grid References. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6] "Hut Circle" is depicted and labelled on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map at SS 7518 4381. [7] There is no trace of the feature shown on 2021 MasterMap data. [8] It is possible that the prehistoric stone row recorded as MDE9888 was mistakenly considered to be a hut circle, resulting in this record, as the feature is in a similar location. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <2> Article in serial: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Barrows of North Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 28. 113.
  • <3> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 194.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 5 September 1974.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 26 April 1994.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35260, Extant 19 May 2021.
  • <7>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #47222 ]
  • <8> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.
  • <9> Verbal communication: Various. 1993-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 19 May 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 7518 4381 (10m by 12m) (Centred on)
Map sheet SS74SE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (2)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SE/10
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12272
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20346
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE19
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35260

Record last edited

May 19 2021 9:37AM


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