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HER Number:MDV15960
Name:Multiple ring features at Corringdon Ball, Glasscombe

Summary

Multiple stone rings or cairns north / north-west of the cairns previously noted in the group at Corringdon Ball Stone Rows. The northernmost cairn feature previously noted by Lukis and Pode (1880), Worth (1949), and Grinsell (1978). Polygons are approximate.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 665 612
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 SE 115
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/350
  • Old SAM County Ref: 371
  • Old SAM Ref: 10569
  • Pastscape: 442102
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • STONE CIRCLE? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Lukis, W. C. + Pode, J. D., 1880, Unpublished 'Plan of two Monuments on the Moor outside Glazecombe Moor Wall between the East and West Glazebrooks, Dartmoor' (Plan - measured). SDV142516.


Worth, R. H., 1949, 68th Report on Barrows, 54 (Article in Serial). SDV146939.


National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6660, 6/309 (Aerial Photograph). SDV176911.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977-79, SX56SE115, 15/8/1977, 10/6/1979 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142824.

Cairn 'A' has a diameter of 7 metres by 0.4 metres high, surrounded by at least seven concentric rings of small stones, many of which just protrude through the turf. The diameter of the stone rings is 15 metres, excluding a stony bank from 3 metres to 3.5 metres wide and 0.4 metres high which extends round the north-east and north-west perimeter. A lesser bank, 5.5 metres long, 1.5 metres wide and 0.3 metres high occurs on the east side.
Cairn 'B' is a central depression 3.8 metres by 3 metres and 0.1 metre deep and surrounded by an apparently stone free bank of turf 4 metres wide beyond which are at least six concentric but incomplete rings of stones, though these are not as evident as in cairn 'A'. The overall diameter is 22 metres.
It is unlikely that the differences between the cairns can be attributed solely to the robbing and/or excavation which appears to have taken place. Both seem unique within the context of Dartmoor in the number of rings and the close set pattern. Four spaced circles occur at Shovel Down (SX660 858) and at Yellowmead (SX574 678) where the stones are substantial and upstanding, but these are relatively simple structures. The remains at Corringdon Ball seem more like complex forms of ring cairns.
The remains at Corringdon Ball seem more like complex forms of ring cairns.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 171 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 171/No.3a Ugborough (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

23/6/1973 North-east part of stone ring, possibly sepulchral, at lower (north-east) end of stone rows. 14 metres in diameter.


Emmett, D. D., 1979, Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered, 106, 111 (Article in Serial). SDV251087.


Robinson, R. + Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Two Unrecorded Prehistoric Multiple Stone Rings, Glasscombe, Ugborough, South Dartmoor, 33-36 (Article in Serial). SDV142714.

Five monuments noted by Robinson and Greeves at the north-east end of the stone rows (see MDV5656, 14802, 5658), and forming part of the complex and varied group of prehistoric ritual monuments at this site. Includes three cairns (see MDV15961), and two multiple stone rings.
"D" (approximately 12 metres south-east of E) is a very ruined large monument consisting of multiple concentric rings of small stones enclosing a stone free area with a shallow depression in the centre, not previously recorded. Overall diameter is 23 metres, maximum height 0.20 metres.
"E" is a ruined cairn with remains of multiple concentric rings of small stones visible on its south side. A bank on its north side may conceal further rings approximately 14 metres in diameter, 0.5 metres high. Cairn previously noted by Lukis and Pode (1880), Worth (1949), and Grinsell (1978).


Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

12/6/1984 Field Monument Warden visit.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on the 1977 National Monuments Record aerial photograph though stone rows are partially visible.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 48, 77/e50 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Turner describes Robinson and Greeves ruined cairn "E" (Ordnance Survey cairn "A") as a platform circle with outer stone circles. A ring of kerb stones, 5 metres internal diametre, encloses flat-topped cairn 0.2 metres high. Around this are five or six outer stone circles, the outer one being 16 metres internal diameter.


Robinson, R. + Griffiths, D. + Cosford, J., 1990, The Corringdon Multiple Stone Rows: A Resurvey, 179-185 (Article in Serial). SDV142469.


Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Comment about features at Corringdon Ball, 22/3/1995 (Personal Comment). SDV142725.

Retaining circle at SX66666119, associated with rows B and C.


Richards, A. F., 2016, Location of cairns and stone rows at Corringdon Ball (Personal Comment). SDV359400.

There are varying grid references provided for these features and they cannot be identified from the aerial photographs. The existing polygons are a 'best guess', based on the survey plan from Robinson and Greeves, 1978, but will require amendment in the future when up to date survey is carried out using modern techniques.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Mastermap shows part of the rows and five circular features at the north-eastern end. These are not thought to be particularly accurate and have not been used for digitising (Richards, A. F., 15/02/2016).


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

See designation description.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Robinson, R. + Griffiths, D. + Cosford, J.. 1990. The Corringdon Multiple Stone Rows: A Resurvey. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Exploration Society. 48. Unknown. 179-185.
  • Plan - measured: Lukis, W. C. + Pode, J. D.. 1880. Unpublished 'Plan of two Monuments on the Moor outside Glazecombe Moor Wall between the East and West Glazebrooks, Dartmoor'. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Robinson, R. + Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Two Unrecorded Prehistoric Multiple Stone Rings, Glasscombe, Ugborough, South Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 39. Paperback Volume. 33-36. [Mapped features: #81688 ; #81689 ]
  • Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Comment about features at Corringdon Ball. Not Applicable. 22/3/1995.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977-79. SX56SE115. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 15/8/1977, 10/6/1979.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1949. 68th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 81. Unknown. 54.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6660. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 6/309.
  • Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 48, 77/e50.
  • Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. 106, 111.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 171/No.3a Ugborough.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
  • Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2016. Location of cairns and stone rows at Corringdon Ball. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV15961Related to: Cairns at the north-east end of the Corringdon Ball Stone Rows (Monument)
MDV5656Related to: Corringdon Ball A stone alignment (Monument)
MDV14802Related to: Corringdon Ball B stone alignments (Monument)
MDV5655Related to: Corringdon Ball multiple stone rows, Glasscombe (Monument)
MDV3338Related to: Multiple stone circle, Yellowmead Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 5 2016 12:16PM