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HER Number:MDV4225
Name:Standing stone on Langstone Moor

Summary

Standing stone at the southern end of a stone row, re-erected in 1893. This stone might have formed one of the way-signs for the lychway after passing White Tor on the way to Whittabarrow. The lychway passed across the stone row. Stands to a height of 2.75 metres with an erosion hollow around the base and has been damaged during war years; has impressions from ordnance impacts on the west face.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 550 787
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 18
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/19
  • Old SAM County Ref: 366
  • Old SAM Ref: 20399
  • Pastscape: 439621
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Brooking-Rowe, J., 1893, Seventeenth Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda, 172 (Article in Serial). SDV255460.

Describes the resiting of the 11 feet 8 inch menhir: "On Langstone Moor…is a stone row…leading off from a menhir that had fallen, but which had given its name to the moor and formed one of the way-signs for the lychway after passing White Tor, before Whittabarrow was reached. … The old stone was discovered in the original soil below the peat and turf, but this was deepened somewhat, and the menhir sunk 2 feet 3 inches below the surface and well packed with stones".


Baring Gould, S., 1895, Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV271711.


Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 197, plate 9 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Langstone Moor. Menhir, the longstone measures 3.55 metrres high, 2.8 metres above ground, 0.63 metres wide, 0.46 metres thick. Stands at the southern end of a stone row; at the northern end there appears to have been a barrow.
This stone might have formed one of the way-signs for the Lychway after passing White Tor on the way to Whittabarrow. The Lychway passed across the stone row. The stone was re-erected in 1893. Made of local epidiorite.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1953, SX57NE18 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV255487.

Visited 03/08/1950 and 04/08/1953. Cites Worth (1946).


Griffith, F. M., 1986, Note from site visit (Personal Comment). SDV255456.

Standing stone extant.


Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs, 4, figure 6 (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

Standing stone located near the head of Colly Brook due east of Whittor at 437 metres OD. According to Worth, this is the only standing stone on Dartmoor that is not granite; it is composed of a metamorphic rock local to Whittor (Worth, 1953, 270).
Stone was re-erected in what was descrivbed as its ‘original’ socket hole in 1893 (Wortj, 1953, 270). Its stands to a height of 2.75 metres with erosion hollow around base and forms the southern terminal of a stone row. It has sustained damage in the war years and there are impressions formed by ordnance impacts visible on the west face.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Standing stone visible on aerial photograph. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 197, plate 9.
  • Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2003. The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. 25. A4 Comb Bound. 4, figure 6.
  • Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. Note from site visit. Not Applicable.
  • Article in Serial: Brooking-Rowe, J.. 1893. Seventeenth Report of the Committee on Scientific Memoranda. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 25. Digital. 172.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1953. SX57NE18. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1895. Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 83.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4223Related to: Stone row on Langstone Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2017 9:51AM