What is Grimspound?

G. Wareing Ormerod, MA, FGS

Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1872 , Vol. V, pp. 41-46.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Grimspound is a late Bronze Age settlement consisting of a set of 24 hut circles surrounded by a low stone wall. The name was first recorded by the Reverend Richard Polwhele in 1797; it was probably derived from the Anglo-Saxon god of war, Grim (more commonly known as Woden, or Odin). About 20 years after this paper was presented, an archaeological dig was undertaken by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, which recorded many details of Grimspound as well as, controversially, making a reconstruction of the site. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Name Page
Bate, Mr Spence 45
Bray, Mr. 45
Croker, Dr. 44
Durius 41
Mason, Rev. Mr, 42
Ormerod, J. Wareing 41, 43
Polwhele, Rev. Richard. 41, 43, 44
Rowe, Samuel 42, 43, 44
Shillibeer, Mr A. C. 43
Wilkinson, Sir Gardner 42, 43, 44