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 Unpublished document: Quinnell, N.V..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 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Various. 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)
Map sheet SS74SE

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

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

Dec 6 2021 8:41PM


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