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Multi-periodSite Name: Merrivale settlement
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Merrivale
Map Ref: SX5555174979  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.556670N  Longitude: 4.040581W
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:
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.
4 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
5

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lauraaurora visited on 1st Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4

lucasn visited on 27th Jun 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Anne T visited on 14th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement: This was our first stop of the day as part of a three day guided tour by Sandy G, who certainly knew his way around this site, and all the others in this Bronze Age complex. We parked in the small car park at SX 55311 75018 and, having introduced ourselves to the rest of Sandy's small Expeditionary Force, we walked the short distance onto the moor to start at this site. With the nearer stone rows within site just at the top of the hill, expectations for an exciting rest of the day rose rapidly. The only downside was the absolutely howling wind that blew throughout the day, sometimes makingit difficult to stand upright. However, it was a cheap way of exfoliating! I found out when copying photos from the memory card of my camera to my computer that the external GPS device on my camera had stopped working, so I was unable to identify the precise locations of the hut circles I photographed.

graemefield visited on 5th Aug 2008 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3

Twistytwirly visited - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Ergler SandyG h_fenton have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 2.8 Ambience: 4.6 Access: 3.8

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Brian Byng : (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ancient Settlement in Devon

This site is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 440079 and scheduled as part of both Historic England List ID 1013427 (A partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement, round cairn, post medieval farmstead, millstone and stone cutting pits 580m ESE of Merrivale Bridge) and Historic England List Entry No. 1013428 (A stone hut circle 650m east of Merrivale Bridge forming part of a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement).

Pastscape tells us that the area includes at least 36 hut circles and four enclosures. "The structures on the site are thought to have been constructed during the Bronze Age, over a long period from around 2500 BC to 1000 BC. They lie on both sides of the B3357 some 500 metres east of Merrivale Bridge".

Some of the hut circles nearest the road have been robbed for stone; others have been mutilated by modern trenches. Pastscape adds: "Sixteen have visible doorways, four lie within or are attached to enclosures and one has a porch. A string of six huts in the southern part of the settlement may once have been linked". The Pastscape record gives the grid references of structures within the settlement, together with brief identification (such as 'adjoins enclosure', 'bisected by road', etc).

More information for visitors can be found at English Heritage - Merrival Prehistoric Settlement, which adds: "a settlement site and ritual complex lie side by side, is one of the finest on the moor. It is also one of the most accessible, being close to a road".

Update November 2019: This settlement is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Merrivale Settlement and the Merrivale Ceremonial Complex [Photo Set 2]. The site is also included as MDV4897 (Merrivale Hut Circle Settlement) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER.
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Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by h_fenton : Some of the roundhouses in Merrivale settlement. Kite Aerial Photograph 7 April 2010 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale settlement submitted by h_fenton : Vertical Kite Aerial Photograph of a roundhouse in Merrivale settlement, Dartmoor. 27 September 2009 @ 6.38pm (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Brian Byng : (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup : Merrivale settlement Hut (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Anne T : Another of the 36 hut circles, which looks as if it has a double outer wall. Compared to the hut circles in Northumberland we've seen, which are usually just low, earth and grassy covered circles with some stones showing through the grass), this site was absolutely amazing, and I could have spent all day just at this settlement alone. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine : Merrivale Settlement, 2010

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine : Merrivale settlement, 2010

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine : 2008

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

Merrivale settlement
Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Antonine

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup : Merrivale settlement Hut

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup : Merrivale settlement enclosure

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup : Merrivale settlement Hut

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup

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Merrivale settlement submitted by Bladup (2 comments)

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 169m S 182° Merrivale NE circle* Stone Circle (SX55547481)
 199m S 176° Merrivale Centre Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55567478)
 214m SSW 206° Merrivale North Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55457479)
 221m SSW 197° Merrivale* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX55487477)
 225m SSW 194° Merrivale Cists* Burial Chamber or Dolmen (SX5549074762)
 241m SSW 208° Merrivale Centre N* Cairn (SX55437477)
 258m SW 214° Merrivale Centre S* Cairn (SX55407477)
 263m WSW 237° Merrivale N circle* Stone Circle (SX5532674841)
 268m SW 214° Merrivale SW row 3* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5539474761)
 297m SSW 198° Merrivale Stone Slabs 1 and 2* Stone Row / Alignment (SX55457470)
 339m SW 226° Merrivale NW* Stone Circle (SX55307475)
 375m SW 220° Cairn south of Stone Row B (Merrivale)* Cairn (SX553747)
 402m SSW 208° Merrivale circle* Stone Circle (SX55357463)
 429m SSW 203° Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX55377459)
 433m SSW 205° Merrivale Menhir* Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX55367459)
 436m SSW 206° Merrivale 5* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5534974592)
 438m SSW 205° Merrivale row 4* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5535674586)
 440m SSW 206° Merrivale 6* Stone Row / Alignment (SX5534474590)
 951m ESE 121° Yellowmeade Farm* Cairn (SX56357446)
 1.2km S 171° King's Tor* Rock Outcrop (SX557738)
 1.4km WSW 244° Vixen Tor* Cist (SX5424074392)
 1.5km WSW 241° Standing Stone next to Vixen Tor * Standing Stone (Menhir) (SX5424374307)
 1.7km NE 53° Mis Tor Farm Cairn (SX56927594)
 2.0km NW 321° Roos Tor Rocks* Rock Outcrop (SX543766)
 2.2km WSW 250° Windy Post Cross* Ancient Cross (SX53437428)
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