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HER Number:MDV127203
Name:Pool on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough


A pool east-north-east of Butterdon. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period. Lies near group of features including a stone row and cairns. Sub-rectangular shallow pit 15 metres by 19 metres and 0.4 metres deep. The edges show the remains of peat cutting


Grid Reference:SX 657 589
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

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))
  • PEAT CUTTING (Constructed, XV to Modern - 1401 AD to 2013 AD)

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 14, Butterdon (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 65731 58968 The pool east-north-east of Butterdon measures 15 by 14.5m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor 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.

Pond is depicted on the modern mapping.

Riley, H., 2021, UG21 heritage asset database and gazetteer of sites (Report - Survey). SDV364699.

Visited on 21st January 2021, surveyed and photographed. Disused turbary north-east of Butterdon Hill: sub-rectangular shallow pit, 15 metres north to south, 19 metres east to west, 0.4 etres deep, edges show remains of peat cutting.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV2988Related to: Butterdon Hill Stone Row, Harford (Monument)
MDV2897Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill at southern end of stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2895Related to: Large cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV127227Related to: Pool on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8770 - Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Lanscape, Harford and Ugborough

Date Last Edited:Sep 12 2023 9:35AM