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Monument Number 444094

Hob Uid: 444094
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Drewsteignton
Grid Ref : SX6990090750
Summary : Standing stones (5), hut circles (sites of)
More information : (Area centred SX 69909075) Near Spinsters' Rock:
stone circles and avenues. Remains noted by Polwhele in 1793 and
by Grey in 1832. One stone row led to the Rock itself. (1). The
accounts of stone rows and circles are of dubious accuracy. The
only certain features seem to have been an avenue to the west
of Spinsters' Rock and a pair of circles nearby (2).

Hut circles are shown on Grey's plan (3) at approximately
SX 69909080, and one is alleged to have been located about 1927 (4).
Swete made a plan in 1789 (5, 6) and noted several conical pillars
in the vicinity and it is suggested that these are the remains
of an alignment, shown on a plan with an alternative position
SX 69959073 for the hut circles(4).

Worth maintained that the alignments and circles at Spinsters' Rock never existed and that the accounts were fabrications (7). (1-7)

There is no trace of hut circles in the area under rough pasture.
Free-standing stones were located.
A: SX 69859082 Roughly rectangular, height 1.5m
B: SX 70059062 A conical stone, 1.6m in height.
C: SX 70019054 Similar to 'B', 1.5m in height.
D: SX 69729084 Rectangular pillar, height 1.4m
E: SX 69579087 In marshy ground, slotted for use as a gatepost; height 1.4m and probably not 'in situ'.

Stones A, D and E are intervisible in moorland with numerous
gravel diggings. B and C are intervisible in a pasture field.
Only A and D align with Spinsters' Rock. While no obvious purpose
can be assigned to these stones, save rubbing post or boundary
marks, it seems possible that Handsford Worth's denunciation of the
supposed complex is correct. (8)

Stones B, C, D, and E were located and surveyed, the grid
reference of 'E' being amended to SX 69589088. Stone A has been
removed and is probably the massive slab (3.0m long and 1.4m wide)
lying at SX 69869082. Otherwise, no change.

Surveyed at 1:2500. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH Devon 1 1906 348 629-630
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Ant 12 1938 455 (Brailsford)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : TDA 5 1872 73ff
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T. Devon. Ass 62 1930 249-61
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : D and C N and Q 1 1900-1 89ff
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : D and C N and Q 15 1928-9 124
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Rec 6" (R H Worth 1948)
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 08-APR-53
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 MJF 31-JUL-74
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Later Prehistoric
Display Date : Later Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Stone Setting
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX69SE57
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 69 SE 25
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, STONE CIRCLE NR. SPINSTER'S ROCK
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1927-01-01
End Date : 1927-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 69 SE 25
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1953-04-08
End Date : 1953-04-08
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 69 SE 25
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1974-07-31
End Date : 1974-07-31