MDE1295 - Possible post-medieval peat cuttings or modern structure west of Warcombe Water (Monument)


Two prehistoric hut circles are recorded on historic mapping. They have more recently been interpreted as the possible results of peat digging, although one might be the remains of a more modern structure of unknown purpose.

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SS 7296 4396. Two hut circles shown and annotated. [1] Hut circles between Warcombe Water and Ruckham Combe. [2] Marked as hut circle on six inch 1962 Ordnance Survey map. [3] SS 7296 4396. Listed under 'Supposed Hut Circles'. Thorn Hill (Lynton). Patch of heather 10 yards (9.13 metres) in diameter only. [4] SS 7296 4396. No trace of a hut circle in this area of open moorland littered with small mounds probably the result of peat digging. [5] SS 72961 43970. The remains of a subrectangular structure situated, about 345 metres above Ordnance Datum, on gentle north facing heather slopes between Ruckham and Warcombe. It measures 5.4 metres northeast to southwest by 3 metres within a low heather and bracken covered stone wall about 1.2 metres wide and 0.3 metres high at best. The northwestern wall is so reduced as to be barely discernible. No entrance is evident.The better preserved part of this structure does initially give the impression of a hut circle and may have been mistaken for one by the Ordnance Survey surveyors in 1887 [1]. Its rectangular shape suggests however that it may be the footings of a more modern structure of unknown purpose and period. No trace was found of the other 'hut circle' depicted on the 1891 map at SS 73000 43980 [1]. Surveyed at 1:2500. [6] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891 (Surveyed 1887-88), Devon 7SW.
  • <2> Monograph: Page, W. (editor). 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Archibald Constable and Company, Limited (London). 1. p629.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <4> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited. 195.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey Field Investigation, 17 September 1974.
  • <6>XY Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 June 1995. [Mapped features: #47066 Possible structure, ; #47067 Unlocated "hut circle", ]
  • <7> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35397, Extant 11 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7298 4397 (39m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74SW/49
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12257
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20331
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW25
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35397

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Jan 18 2022 2:42PM


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