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Grey Wethers Stone Circles

Hob Uid: 443916
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6387083130
Summary : Two Bronze Age stone circles in Great Stannon Newtake. The stone circles, known collectively as The Grey Wethers, lie adjacent to each other and are very similar in size and character. The northern circle measures 31.5 metres in diameter and is denoted by 20 upright granite slabs with an average height of 1.1 metre. The diameter of the southern stone circle is 33 metres and includes 29 standing stones varying in height between 1 metre and 1.4 metres. Excavations carried out by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee towards the end of the 19th century revealed a layer of charcoal covering the original ground surface. A shallow trench visible leading through the southern circle may be the result of this excavation. Scheduled.
More information : SX 63878314. The Grey Wethers (NAT) Stone Circles (NR)
(Restored (NAT) (1)

Two restored stone circles. In 1879, prior to restoration, the
north circle had nine standing stones and six fallen stones;
while the south circle had seven standing stones and twenty
fallen stones. Plan by W C Lukis in 1879 (2). When Spence Bate saw
the circles in 1870 some stones had been recently removed apparently
to repair the sides of the nearby leat. (2-5)

Authority 3 claims that several barrows have been found near to or in
sight of the circles, but this is probably a reference to two
barrows (SX 68 SW 18 & SX 68 SW 29) which were inspected in 1898. (6)

Stone circles. (7)

Centred SX 63878314. The Grey Wethers are two well preserved, restored stone circles which are c.6m apart. They are situated in a shallow valley at 479m OD between Sittaford Tor (538m OD) to the W and rising ground (485m OD) to the NE. The area, under moorland pasture, has been disturbed by desultory amorphous diggings and shallow, natural erosion gullies.

The N circle, located on a level stance, has an internal diameter of approximately 31.7m with 20 upright stones and at least 4 ?socket holes (visible as irregular pits) which are on average 1m across and 0.3m deep. The White Horse leat (SX 68 SW 89) skirts the N-NE side.

The S circle, located on a slight E-facing slope, has an internal diameter of approximately 33m with 29 upright stones. The majority of these stones have been re-erected and some are now misaligned; almost all have groups of small packing stones around their bases.

Tabulated list of stones in Archive. (8)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1965
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : RH Worth
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Vol(s) : 71, 1939
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Source : Field report on SX 68 SW 1 - 02-JUL-1990
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
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Vol(s) : 31, 1899
Source Number : 4
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : C Spence Bate
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : APs (RAF/CPE/UK/1995 2366-7, 13 April 1947)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : RCHME Recorder NC 25-FEB-1977
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHM App Dartmoor 1985 (RAF CPE/UK 1995/2366-7 13-APR-47; NMR SX 6383/3/245-6 18-MAY-77)
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 MJF 02-JUL-1990
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Source Number : 9
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 19-Mar-99
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Source : The Grey Wethers/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Circle
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 SW 16
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 464
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 SW 17
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 016,/017
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28680
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION SX 68 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1990-07-02
End Date : 1990-07-02