MDE20329 - Disputed prehistoric hut circle next to the West Lyn River (Non-antiquity)


A hut circle is recorded on the Ordnance Survey map of 1962. This was identified as an amorphous mound during field survey and thought to be an alluvial deposit from the river as it lies in the flood plain.

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SS 7267 4352. Hut circle shown on six inch 1962 Ordnance Survey map. [1] Hut Circles between Warcombe Water and Ruckham Combe. [2] Hut circle not mentioned by Grinsell. [3] There is no trace of a hut circle at this map reference; however there is an amorphous mound approximately 6.5 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high here, but this is most probably an alluvial deposit from the river as it lies on the floodplain. [4] SS 7267 4352. A hut circle is depicted on the six inch 1891 Ordnance Survey map [5]. The site lies at the bottom of a steep slope on the alluvial flood plain of the West Lyn River on the east side of Ruckham Combe. It is an unsuitable site for a constructed feature as it would be threatened every time the river was in spate. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560. [Mapped feature: #47068 ]
  • <2> Monograph: Page, W. (editor). 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Archibald Constable and Company, Limited (London). 1. 629.
  • <3> Monograph: Grinsell, L.V.. 1970. The Archaeology of Exmoor: Bideford Bay to Bridgewater. David and Charles Limited.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 9 September 1974.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891 (Surveyed 1887-88), Devon 7SW.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 4 May 1995.



Grid reference SS 7267 4352 (point)
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12255
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/47
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1299
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW29
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35409

Record last edited

Mar 1 2021 4:10PM


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