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HER Number:MDV127201
Name:Pool at Brent Tor


One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified by Greeves (2019) that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period. The majority are on Dartmoor, but this group lie just outside the National Park area, west of Brent Tor.


Grid Reference:SX 466 802
Map Sheet:SX48SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Abbot
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON ABBOT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POND (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? (Between) to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 12, Brent Tor D (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 46672 80235 Brent Tor pool D measures around 28 by 25m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor (or just outside the boundary of the National Park) that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period, and may have been used to deposit votive items, although these Dartmoor examples may have alternative significance as designed prehistoric elements in the landscape. Many are located on ridge tops and in conjunction with cairns, stone rows and other prehistoric features. Further research may well reveal more about these interesting features.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Pool is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123596 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 12 2023 9:34AM