Grimspound bronze age settlement

I’ve referred to Grimspound settlement in some previous blogs however I have not blogged it specifically.  The area I walked for this blog is just to the west of Grimspound.  I was walking in the area last week and, as part of the walk, I wandered around the area and got a few photos of it.  The above shot is from the south of it looking north.  Grimspound itself was caught in the sunlight (which was rare that day).  Beyond it is Hookney Tor and there is a patch of swaling to be seen on the hillside to the right.

Approaching from the south means that you arrive at the main entrance to the settlement which is shown above.  The entrance is really very impressive as is the size of the surrounding walls.  Bear in mind this was a bronze age settlement, possibly neolithic, meaning it is around 3500 years old.  There is a small stream the far side of the settlement which would have provided water for the inhabitants both human and animal.

The entrance is almost 2 metres wide and around 5 metres long – the surrounding walls being over 4 metres wide in places.  It was thought that it could be a fortification in the past but its position some way from the top of the hill makes that unlikely.  The walls are more likely to have been to keep wildlife out and domestic stock in.

The above image shows one of the best views of a remaining hut circle here.  Around 20 have been counted within the settlement however many are now rather indistinct.  There is an “entrance porch” which faces away from the prevailing wind and the the actual accommodation which is usually circular.  Hookney Tor is on the horizon ahead again.

The above is the remains of another building or possibly buildings, there.  If this is a single building it is rather more rectangular than some.  Alternatively it is two circles that adjoin one another.  I have had days when I’ve had better luck with the light for photography but Grimspound (an English Heritage site) is unusual enough to warrant a posting even if the images are not quite perfect I felt.  Another blog on the rest of the walk will follow soon.

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