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HER Number:MDV112862
Name:Possible cairns on Lakehead Hill


Group of three small cairns described by Baring-Gould in the early 20th century. Likely to have been destroyed by forestry activity, these features have not been located in recent years.


Grid Reference:SX 647 774
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW103
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/156
  • Pastscape: 442793

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1901, 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 137 (Article in Serial). SDV249499.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 150, Lydford 57 a-c (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Bellever Plantation (Possibly SX 6477 7740) The site of three small ruined cairns "near the large cairn on Lakehead Hill. Two of these were blanks but the small cairn 135 feet east of the large cairn had a pit in the "calm" … containing wood charcoal." (citing Baring Gould, 1901, 137).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1951 aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 1993, Site visit (Report - Survey). SDV358806.

There is no ground evidence to suggest the survival of the cairns recorded by Baring-Gould which have been either destroyed or overwhelmed by forestry activity.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, (-/-/2002) (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under Monument Protection Programme but could not be found. Not recommended for scheduling. Probably destroyed by forestry.

National Monument Record, 2015, Pastscape (Website). SDV357603.

The recorded cairns cannot now (1980s) be identified and if not entirely destroyed during Baring Gould's investigations are unlikely to have survived subsequent afforestation. (Pastscape citing Ordnance Survey (Quinnell, N.), 1980).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. (-/-/2002).
SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 137.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 150, Lydford 57 a-c.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV357603Website: National Monument Record. 2015. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV358806Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1993. Site visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV5875Related to: Cairn with cist on the east facing slope of Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels
  • EDV8500 - Excavation of cairns, Lakehead Hill
  • EDV8672 - Excavation of cairn, Lakehead Hill

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 8:10AM