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Spinsters Rock

Hob Uid: 445766
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Drewsteignton
Grid Ref : SX7009090780
Summary : Chambered tomb restored in 1862. No evidence to confirm or deny the existence of an original mound survives. The remains of the chamber consist of three granite orthostats 6 to 9 1/2 feet high which support a large capstone 14 1/2 feet long by 10 feet wide. No trace of any mound survives. It collapsed in 1862 but was re-erected; no finds were recorded. It is associated with the nearby stones thought to have been circles and alignments (SX 69 SE 25).
More information : (SX 70099078) Spinsters' Rock (NAT).
Burial Chamber (NR). (1)

The remains of a late Neolithic megalithic chamber tomb are
situated on Shilstone Farm west of Drewsteignton. The remains
of the chamber consist of three granite orthostats 6 to 9 1/2
feet high which support a large capstone 14 1/2 feet long by
10 feet wide. No trace of any mound survives. It collapsed in
1862 but was re-erected; no finds were recorded. It is
associated with the nearby stones thought to have been circles
and alignments (SX 69 SE 25). (2)

This monument is in a good state of preservation. See
ground-photograph. (3)

Worth refers to Omerod (a) in that "the supporters are not now
in their original position" after the 1862 restoration.

This reference is incorrect as Omerod does not appear in that
volume, though undoubtedly the article appeared elsewhere. (4)

Spinsters Rock (name confirmed) (a) is as described above with
the orthostats rising to between 1.7m. and 2.3m. and surmounted
by a capstone 4.5m. by 3.1m. (See Ground Photograph and plan).
Many of the trig stones are now exposed in the ploughed field
as is the rock outcrop on the western side.

Surveyed at 1:50 and, 1:2500 on M.S.D. (5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1975
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Arch J 114 1957 154 (Aileen Fox)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 03-APR-53
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Worth's Dartmoor 1967 180-1 sketches (R H Worth)
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Source Number : 4a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Journal Royal Arch Inst 29 1872
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 NJA 19-MAR-82
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Source Number : 5a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Nameplate
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Chambered Tomb
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 3
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 101
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 79 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : SPINSTER'S ROCK CHAMBERED TOMB
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1862-01-01
End Date : 1862-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 79 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1953-04-03
End Date : 1953-04-03
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 79 SW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1982-03-19
End Date : 1982-03-19