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Monument Number 454015

Hob Uid: 454015
Location :
Dorset
West Dorset
West Knighton
Grid Ref : SY7233087060
Summary : Possible remains stone circle; probably natural sarsen deposit
More information : (SY 72338706) Stone Circle (NR) (remains of) (NAT) (1)

The Little Mayne stone circle is marked now only by a few
scattered sarsens. Roger Gale, who visited the site in 1728
records "a circle of stone lately broke to pieces by the owner
of the land", and "two avenues of pitcht Stones leading up to
it, one from the south, the other from the east".

John Sydenham visited Little Mayne in 1847, and although his
description of outer circles and avenues seems fanciful, it is
difficult to discount his record of "a complete but small
circle.... composed of ten or eleven stones... about thirty
feet in diameter".

Warne writes that by 1868 all had been destroyed. (2)

About fifty exposed sarsen stones lie prostrate in the area of Little Mayne Farm. It is not possible to determine if any are in situ, and no pattern of circles or avenues can be traced. Earthworks to the west and north-east of the farmhouse are probably part of the manorial establishment. (See plan, and SY 78 NW 25). (3)

The sarsens scattered around Little Mayne Farm are a natural
phenomenon and form no coherent plan, despite alleged
arrangements in one or more circles or avenues (one of which is
certainly a Medieval road). Most have been moved. (4)

The remaining sarsen stones in the area are as described by
Authority 3 and 4.

Stone symbol detail revised on M.S.D. at 1:2500. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Antiquaries Journ 13 1939 148-150 (s & C M Piggott)
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Source Number : 2a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Surtees soc 1883 II 127 (Notes made by R Gale in 1728)
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Source Number : 2b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Baal Durotrigensis 1847 (J sydenham)
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Source Number : 2c
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Anc Dorset 1872 121 (C Warne)
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GCS 25-AUG-54
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHM Dorset 2 pt 3 1970 513
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 JGB 26-NOV-79
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Stone Circle
Evidence :
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Circle
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DO 50
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 78 NW 24
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SY 78 NW 24
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1954-08-25
End Date : 1954-08-25
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SY 78 NW 24
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-11-26
End Date : 1979-11-26