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Submitted by thecaptain on Saturday, 23 October 2004  Page Views: 11451

Multi-periodSite Name: The Round Pound Alternative Name: Roundy Poundy; Round Pound; Kes Tor Settlement
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Chagford  Nearest Village: Teigncombe
Map Ref: SX66398685
Latitude: 50.665946N  Longitude: 3.891933W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Round Pound Enclosure (part of the Kes Tor Settlement): For our first stop of the day, this was only a very short walk north-eastwards from the car park, and so visible from the single track road, I was left with open-mouthed and couldn’t wait to get over to this monument to take a closer look. With Sandy knowing this site so well, we had an almost intimate walk-round this impressive part of the Kes Tor settlement. Little did I appreciate, until we walked over the road to the east, that so much more lay in store. A superb area, and so easy to reach!

jeffrep visited on 21st May 2011 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 5

Andy B: would like to visit Visited by Neil Oliver in Episode Four of A History of Ancient Britain, we think this where they were discussing the different usage of different parts of the same building.

AngieLake TheCaptain have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 4.5

The Round Pound
The Round Pound submitted by thecaptain : The Round Pound, looking northwest from across the road which has been curved to pass around it. (Vote or comment on this photo)
One of the most impressive of ancient remains to be found on the lower northwest slopes of Kestor, near Batworthy Corner, is that of The Round Pound.

So impressively built is this structure that even the local road has been built in a curve around its outside. It consists of a large internal hut circle, of diameter about 12m, with wall thickness and height almost a metre. The paved entrance with its stone sill and steps are still in place at the south.

This hut is encircled by an oval shaped pound, approximately 40 by 30 metres. The walls of this structure are massive, up to 4 metres in width and 2 metres in height, with its entrance made using large slabs to the northwest. Within this pound are the remains of several radial walls connecting between the central hut and the outer wall, with another smaller hut circle the northeast sector.

Outside the pound entrance to the north is a large walled drove or lane, again made using massive slabs. This lane is about 10 metres wide leading away to the west, and slightly smaller leading first north then northeast in the opposite direction.

This site is featured on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks - see their entries for the Round Pound Round House and the Round Pound and Kes Tor Settlements.

The site is also recorded as part of the Kes Tor Settlement: Pastscape Monument No. 443518, as MDV6117 (Roundy Pound, Gidleigh) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, and scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1016691.
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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : A composite of four separate images showing the Round Pound as approached from the car park to its south at SX 66300 86741. Batworthy Lane runs just off the photo, to the right hand (eastern) side of the enclosure. Butler, in his diagram of the pound (volume 2, page 172, "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities" shows an entrance half way along its southern side (the side in the foreground of the photo, run... (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : The Round Pound. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Round Pound submitted by howe : The Round Pound in 1973 showing the internal round house (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Round Pound submitted by howe : The Round Pound in 1973 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : Standing at the northern side of the central hut, looking south west back towards the Round Pound car park.

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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : The massive outer walls of the pound at the side nearest Batworthy Lane. The stones here are massive and form a double wall. Who did the occupants need to protect themselves from??

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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : Two large stones forming an entrance into the centre hut.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : There's a lot of stones in the Round Pound.

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The Round Pound submitted by AngieLake : Climbing towards Kestor settlement with its many hut circles, and looking back down on the Round Pound. [March 2011.]

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The Round Pound submitted by AngieLake : A view of the Round Pound taken in March 2011. It is so huge that you'd need to get several yards away to get the whole structure in the frame.

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The Round Pound submitted by jeffrep : Internal Hut in Round Pound Bronze Age Settlement, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England.

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The Round Pound submitted by Dal_gCais : Wall surrounding hut circle, Kestor. SX663868 Devon

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The Round Pound submitted by Dal_gCais : Hut Circle, Kestor. SX663868 Devon

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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : Crossing the road to the east of Round Pound, I'm now about 100m up the slope, looking down on the Round Pound enclosure.

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The Round Pound submitted by Anne T : A 'passageway between the walls' at the north-western side of Round Pound. The river runs in the valley to the left hand side of the photo, hidden by trees.

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The Round Pound submitted by davep : The Round Pound Round House, from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website (site 72). "Round Pound, near Batworthy, a single hut with double walls enclosed in a circular pound, entered from a droveway from the NW, which is part of the Kestor field system".

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The Round Pound submitted by Postman : Zoomed at from on top of Kestor rock.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : The Round Pound, The walling on the central hut is some of the widest i've seen.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : The Round Pound, The Hut at the center.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : The Round Pound, A great site.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : Massive walling at the Round Pound.

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The Round Pound submitted by Bladup : The Round Pound and the road that runs right next to the site. (2 comments)

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The Round Pound submitted by AngieLake : A very early photo of 'Roundy Pound' taken in 1883, photographer unknown. Top left (looking westward according to the description) is Batworthy Farm, and "the high moorland ridge of Hangingstone Hill beyond." A man (centre right of photo) stands "in the centre of a large prehistoric hut circle which was excavated in the early 1950s by Aileen Fox and which was found to contain evidence of iron sm...

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The Round Pound submitted by AngieLake : Very solidly built walls here at the Round Pound, and beautiful views.

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Re: The Round Pound by TheCaptain on Saturday, 05 March 2011
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Re: The Round Pound by AngieLake on Sunday, 24 October 2004
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A description that accompanied the plans I posted reads:
"Kes Tor Round Pound. SX 664869
Kes Tor is an area of reaves and coaxial fields, first laid out in the Middle Bronze Age and then reused during the 1st Millennium BC. Aileen Fox excavated Hut 1, *(this was about 600ft to the NE of the Pound, and on the other side of the narrow tarmaced road), and the Hut Circle in the Round Pound in 1951/2. (Trans. Devon. Assoc. 86,21-62. 1952). It has become one of the classic 'Iron Age' sites in the South West since this excavation. The plan of the field systems provided is that drawn by E. Curwen in 1927. There is now general agreement about how many of the field boundaries belong to the MBA reave phase and how much to the later re-occupation. In places good lengths of orthostatic walling can be seen and in others lynchetting. A notable feature of the field layout, are the two 'driveways' apparently tracks left between the fields to allow access for animals to unenclosed areas. Excavation of the Round Pound Hut Circle produced evidence of ironworking; Hut 1 produced a small amount of pottery, which could be either MBA or 1st Millennium BC. Both excavated hut circles had interior post rings. The date of the unexcavated hut circles is not known but one is particularly large."
I am afraid that I don't remember who wrote the book I photocopied all this from! It seems fairly old - obviously any time since 1953.
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