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HER Number:MDV127227
Name:Pool on Weatherdon Hill, Harford


A pool, one of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period. Lies adjacent to the Butterdon Hill stone row. Sub-rectangular shallow pit of 11 metres by 15 metres and 0.5 metres deep. Part of disused peat cutting in the area to the south end of the stone row.


Grid Reference:SX 656 589
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

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, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 39, Weatherdon Hill (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 65619 58945 Weatherdon Hill pool measures 13 by 10.5m. 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 onn21st January 2021, surveyed and photographed. Disused turbary by Butterdon Hill stone row: sub-rectangular shallow pit, 11 metres north to south, 15 metres east to west and 0.5 metres deep, part of disused turbaries in environs of south end of row.

Sources / Further Reading

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

Associated Monuments

MDV2988Related to: Butterdon Hill Stone Row, Harford (Monument)
MDV127203Related to: Pool on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Sep 12 2023 9:39AM