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HER Number:MDV4626
Name:Stone circle south-east of Sourton Tors

Summary

The stone circle comprises a 32 meter diameter ring of 18 stones. Every stone is now lying on the ground and no attempt has been made to re-erect them. The stones would originally have stood up to 1.8 meters high. Originally they were regularly spaced at about 2.5 meter intervals but many are now missing as a result of stone working. This circle is associated with a cairn alignment, cider mill and a short length of boundary ditch with bank situated on level ground on the saddle between Sourton Tors and Corn Ridge.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 546 895
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDESTOWE AND SOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440575
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NW/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 606
  • Old SAM Ref: 24060

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Watson, J. + Watson, R., 19/06/2012, Sourton Tors Stone Circle (Plan - measured). SDV356394.


Woolner, A. H., 1966, Sourton Down, a New Stone Circle, 5-6 (Article in Serial). SDV234477.

SX547896. A stone circle, diameter about 33.5 meters and appearing to have comprised 32 stones of which all but six remain where they have fallen, has been discovered between Sourton Tors and Cornridge. In size it compares with the circles of the Grey Wethers and Scorhill circles. The site which was discovered by Commander and Mrs Woolner has been surveyed and reported to the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works.


Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV345608.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 22nd March 1982.


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

Not visible.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 55, 60, 80 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Stone circle 33.5 meters in diameter. 17 stones, all fallen. One axis on low ridge, other on saddle. On watershed between the Lyd and West Okement rivers, on a valley route between the north and south coasts. Other details: G3.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 219 (Monograph). SDV219155.

The probable remains of a stone circle lie inconspicuously on the ridge separating Sourton Tors from Corn Ridge. Apart from one or two stumps, the stones lie flat, although many seem to have one end still buried in the earth. 18 stones can be counted, lying 5.5 meters apart arranged in a circle measuring 32 meters across around a flat interior. Some damage/losses due to stone working. Other details: Map 43, 6.


Gerrard, S., 1993, 130992, 130992 (Un-published). SDV234478.

Large irregular stone circle includes a 32.0 meter diameter ring of 18 stones, surrounding a flat interior. Every stone is now lying on the ground and no attempt has been made to re-erect them. The stones would have originally stood up to 1.8 meters high. They would appear to have been originally regularly spaced at about 2.5 meter wide intervals, but many are now missing as a result of stone working.


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

Stone circle is visible on the 2010 aerial photography of the area. Map object based on this Source.


English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

This monument includes a stone circle, cairn alignment, cider mill and a short length of boundary ditch with bank situated on level ground on the saddle between Sourton Tors and Corn Ridge.
The stone circle includes a 32 meter diameter ring of 18 stones. Every stone is now lying on the ground and no attempt has been made to re-erect them. The stones would originally have stood up to 1.8 meters high. Originally they were regularly spaced at about 2.5 meter intervals but many are now missing as a result of stone working (scheduled 1966, amended 1994). Other details: SAM ID: 24060.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 219.
  • 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. 55, 60, 80.
  • Article in Serial: Woolner, A. H.. 1966. Sourton Down, a New Stone Circle. Devon Archaeological Exploration Society Newsletter. 15. A5 Paperback. 5-6.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1993. 130992. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown. 130992.
  • 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.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
  • Plan - measured: Watson, J. + Watson, R.. 19/06/2012. Sourton Tors Stone Circle. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV50568Related to: Cairn alignment 410 metres south east of Sourton Tors (Monument)
MDV4628Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV50569Related to: MILLSTONE in the Parish of Lands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton (Monument)
MDV48004Related to: REAVE in the Parish of Lands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV4627Related to: Round cairn 470m south east of Sourton Tors (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 15 2015 11:24AM