MDE20264 - Most westerly circular enclosure in the Valley of Rocks (Monument)


The most easterly one of a pair of circular enclosures in the Valley of Rocks. The west side is incorporated into a field bank.

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Full Description

The most westerly one of a pair of circular pounds in the Valley of Rocks. It is not of modern origin. [1] A low banked circular enclosure, with short lengths of field boundaries, is located in this area (this may only refer to MDE20265). [3] SS 7047 4964. The enclosure is set into the slope and almost identical in construction and condition to the easterly enclosure (MDE20265). It is much smaller, being 14 metres in diameter, within a boulder faced rubble wall 3 metres wide and up to 0.7 metres high. Again a lowering of the wall in the northwest suggests an original entrance. [5] The enclosure has a diameter of c.15 metres, with a boulder faced rubble wall c.4 metres wide and 0.4 - 0.6 metres high. The west side is incorporated into a field bank. A robbing pit is visible in the bank on the northeast side. There is no apparent evidence of an entrance or settlement features. [6] A circular feature apparently formed from individual stones is marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Record Card. SS74NW8/plan.
  • <2> Article in serial: Chanter, J.F.. 1906. The Parishes of Lynton and Countisbury. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. 114-224. P.119.
  • <3> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7049a.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Meridian Air Maps. 1977-1978. Infrared False Colour Aerial Photography. MAM/2582 (June 1978).
  • <5> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 9 November 1993.
  • <6> Report: Jamieson, E.. 1999. The Valley of Rocks, Lynton & Lynmouth, North Devon. RCHME. P.4, Survey P.5 (B).
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. F Glover, 1 November 2010.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12211
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/28
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)



Grid reference Centred SS 7046 4964 (21m by 24m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS74NW

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Record last edited

Mar 1 2022 11:49AM


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