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Multi-periodSite Name: Drizzlecombe Settlement
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX59306723
Latitude: 50.487940N  Longitude: 3.984765W
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
3 Ambience:
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4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
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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
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3 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
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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe Settlements: After the stone rows, we move up-slope to try and find row 4. Whilst the rest of the group helped Sandy G identify possible stones in this row, I wandered over to Butler's Cairn 18, photographing what looked like some hut circles embedded in the turf. Arriving at Cairn 18, I walked to the top of to look at the enclosed settlement to its south/south western side, which I found fascinating. Dave Parks was also meandering around the cairn, so he and I wandered back towards the group, with me taking photos of the long, low banks running across the pasture. Higher up the hill was yet another settlement(s) which I barely took in. This area is so complex and interesting, yet I confess to 'brain overload' by this time of the afternoon, especially as there was so much more yet to come! I've since managed to get hold of a pdf copy of Jennifer Robertson's unpublished thesis "Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley" (all 592 pages), which I'll dip into soon, to try and understand more about this area.

RedKite1985 visited on 5th Jun 1996 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3



Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.5 Ambience: 4 Access: 3

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by ernar : Settlement ruins on Drizzlecombe. With a breathtaking view of the megalithic complex and the valley, this settlement was located uphill from the several cairns and Stone Rows forming the Complex. Behind the stone maniacs and the grass managers (sheep) you can see the westernmost cairn shown on the OS map. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ancient serttlements, making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon.

Just uphill from the cairns at the head of the Drizzlecombe stone rows can be found the remains of several ancient settlements, consisting of four enclosures, with several hut circles and cairns.

Surrounded by the settlements are remains of several cairns, including the once massive Cairn 18 [note: this cairn now has its own site page - see nearby sites below] which once would have rivalled the Giant's Basin for size, but unfortunately over the millenia has become much destroyed. It is positioned at a place where the stone rows (including the unbuilt row 4) seem to focus, and it is possible that this giant cairn was once the main attraction of the Drizzlecombe complex.

Update July 2019: This complex and interesting area is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438761 (centred around SX 5938 6707, an enclosed hut group), Pastscape Monument No. 438752 (centred around SX 5930 6723, an enclosed hut group), Pastscape Monument No. 1356155 (boundary bank); and Pastscape Monument No. 438571 (hut circles outside the enclosures).

These settlements also form part of the scheduling information for Historic England List ID 1014145 (Three stone alignments, 15 cairns, a cist, a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement and a small clapper bridge at Drizzle Combe).

There are further Pastscape entries for enclosures and settlements to the south and east of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18; to find them do a location search using the grid reference given above, using a search radius of 250m to find them all.

This site also features on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks - see their entry for Drizzlecombe Enclosed Settlement. Butler, in his "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities", volume 3, page 128 and 129, includes a description and a plan of all these sites and how they inter-relate.
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Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : The possible double hut circle described by Butler in his "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities", volume 3, pages 128 and 129. Just below Butler's hut circle 6. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : Part of the outer wall/bank of the enclosure to the south west of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18. A neat, low structure, built immediately against the western side of the cairn, it has two hut circles within it. The Drizzlecombe Stone Rows can be seen just above centre/right of the photograph (the longstone of row 2 being most prominent). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : Hut circle 6 on Butler's diagram 49.13. Described as being 4.1m in diameter and 'not very different from the nearby cairns in appearance; seems to have an alcove built into the wall opposite the entrance. Just below it are the remains, probably, of another double hut'. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : Part of what I think Pastscape 1356155 records as a rubble boundary bank, some 224m long and 1.6m wide, part of a medieval field system running across the moorland in between the two settlements to the south and north of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18. This view looks west. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : Part of what I think Pastscape 1356155 records as a rubble boundary bank, some 224m long and 1.6m wide, part of a medieval field system running across the moorland in between the two settlements to the south and north of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18. This view looks east, with the bank running sinuously across the site. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : One of the cairns to be found to the south of the north-western most enclosure at Drizzlecombe. Located to the west of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Anne T : One of the cairns which can be found just to the south of the north- western most enclosure, to the west of Drizzlecombe Cairn 18. In Butler's plan "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, volume 3, page 129), shows several cairns and a hut circle at this location.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by davep : Drizzlecombe Enclosed Settlement, photograph from Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. This is the north-western most of the settlements here at Drizzlecombe.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : One of the huts inside the enclosure at SX592668.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : A cist(s) in the cairn to the north east of the settlement at SX597673.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : The cairn to the north east of the settlement at SX597673.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe Settlement, a Hut? with orthostats or cairn circle at the west of the settlement.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe Settlement, I'd say Hut (but you never know it might be a cairn) on the west side of the settlement.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe Settlement, I'd say cairn.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : A cairn to the south of the settlement. In the distance is The Giant's basin and standing stone.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : The top of cairn 18. Looking down over the rows.

Drizzlecombe Settlement
Drizzlecombe Settlement submitted by Bladup : A nice hut circle just inside its enclosure with the large cairn 18 behind.

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 90m ESE 121° Drizzlecombe Cairn 18* Cairn (SX5937667182)
 143m SSW 204° Drizzlecombe cairn 4* Stone Circle (SX5923867101)
 148m NNE 27° Drizzlecombe W row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5937067360)
 150m W 260° Drizzlecombe cairn 13* Cist (SX5915167208)
 150m NNE 28° Cairn At Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Cairn (SX5937467361)
 157m SSW 196° Drizzlecombe cairn 3* Ring Cairn (SX5925367080)
 159m NE 49° Drizzlecombe Cairn 23* Cairn (SX5942367331)
 160m NNE 24° Standing Stone Near Cairn at Head of Drizzlecombe Row 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5937067374)
 169m S 190° Drizzlecombe cairn 2* Ring Cairn (SX5926567065)
 169m SSW 198° Drizzlecombe row 3* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5924367071)
 181m SSW 192° Drizzlecombe row 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5925867054)
 196m WSW 240° Drizzlecombe cairn 14* Cairn (SX5912767137)
 228m SSW 202° Drizzlecombe* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX59216702)
 247m SSW 200° Drizzlecombe menhir 2* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX59216700)
 256m NNW 342° Drizzlecombe cist 21* Cist (SX5922867476)
 294m SSW 212° Drizzlecombe menhir 3* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5913566986)
 299m SSW 205° Drizzlecombe cairn 1.* Cairn (SX5916866962)
 299m SSW 201° Drizzlecombe Cist 6* Cairn (SX5918366955)
 301m SSW 197° Drizzlecombe Giant's Basin* Cairn (SX5920266945)
 313m SSW 205° Drizzlecombe row 1* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX5916166949)
 424m SW 225° Drizzlecombe stone 4* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX58996694)
 442m SSW 212° Drizzlecombe menhir 1* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5905766860)
 500m SSE 162° Giant's Hill West* Cist (SX59446675)
 530m S 177° Giant's hill cairn* Cairn (SX59316670)
 568m SSW 207° Drizzlecombe cist 22* Cist (SX59036673)
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