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HER Number:MDV12963
Name:Stones within settlement east of Royal Hill


Burnard (1911) describes a stone row here, although this appears an unlikely identification. These stones are described as widely spaced and have also been suggested as possible tethering posts and Hemery has proposed possible identification as remains of a linhay (1983). Royal Commission field survey in 1989 indicates this is an unlikely identification. May be referring to the same site as MDV6375.


Grid Reference:SX 629 719
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of a Bronze Age settlement north-west of Swincombe Water Intake, comprising three hut circles and fragmentary remains of field walls

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SW 66
  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW55
  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW58
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/387
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/52/1
  • Pastscape: 443400
  • Pastscape: 443411
  • Pastscape: 443435

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) STONE ALIGNMENT (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Burnard, R., 1911, Address of the President, 96 (Article in Serial). SDV231227.

Burnard describes a stone row 'within Joan Ford's Newtake' (centred at SX630719).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1970, SX67SW55 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234019.

(28/08/1970) SX 630719 Three standing stones widely spaced and somewhat inconclusive. (Two good hut circles also recorded). Three other standing stones of gatepost type, all grouped together, seem to be tethering posts; connection with the newtake or tinning activity. Thought to be 19th century.

Norris, R. P., 1983, A Solar Calendrical Indicator on Dartmoor, 123-5 (Article in Serial). SDV243226.

SX 631722. A row of 3 stones situated "close to some hut circles and some other small standing stones" are thought to be a calendrical indicator. The stones are more regular and carefully tooled then in other Dartmoor rows, and have flat faces. The line along these faces accurately indicates a notch in the horizon. The results of a survay showed that this alignment was so well-defined that the stone row seemed an excellent candidate for an astronomical indicator, and therefore that the site is of great antiquity.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 362 (Monograph). SDV249702.

In the centre of the enclosure are three standing stones; they are not of historic import, having in all probability once supported the roof of a linhay used in lambing time.

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

Feature not visible.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 213, Map 63 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Alignment of three prominent slabs of 1.3 metres, 1.1 metres and 0.9 metres high. The position and orientation across the slope makes it unlikely they ever formed part of a stone row and if they were erected in ancient times it was probably as part of the settlement.

Quinell, N. V., 1995, Notes on Possible Stone Row (Personal Comment). SDV237623.

Doubtful stone row. Not found by the Ordnance Survey in 1977, or RCHME in 1985, and ignored by Worth. Burnard may have seen some prehistoric field walling.

ADAS, 1995, Stone Row (Worksheet). SDV237624.

Site visited on 28th February 1995. Grid Reference given as SX63017200. Feature not found! [could probably refer to SX67SW/287].

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 1995-1997?, Royal Commission Survey on Down Ridge (Report - Survey). SDV363196.

(18/08/1989) No coherent pattern or relationship to other systems along the Swincombe Valley can be deduced from the field walls. Most are turf-covered stony banks 0.8 meters to 1.2 meters wide and 0.3 meters high, incorporating some orthostats, probably the"wide spaced standing stones" noted by Ordnance Survey (1970).

Radcliffe, B., 2005, Notes For HER (Correspondence). SDV357694.

Suggested that this and MDV6375 are the same monument.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape (Website). SDV363416.

The stones are not shown nor described on Ordnance Survey 25 inch 1st or 2nd edition historic maps, nor the 6 inch 1st edition map. The statement by Norris (1983) that the Ordnance Survey have previously classified the stones as "tethering posts" is probably a misinterpretation). (Comment from Pastscape record).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231227Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1911. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. A5 Hardback. 96.
SDV234019Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1970. SX67SW55. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV237623Personal Comment: Quinell, N. V.. 1995. Notes on Possible Stone Row.
SDV237624Worksheet: ADAS. 1995. Stone Row.
SDV243226Article in Serial: Norris, R. P.. 1983. A Solar Calendrical Indicator on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Unknown. 123-5.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 362.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 213, Map 63.
SDV357694Correspondence: Radcliffe, B.. 2005. Notes For HER. Email. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV6375Related to: Row of stones near settlement, Joan Ford's Newtake (Monument)
MDV6299Related to: Settlement east of Royal Hill, north-west of Swincombe Water Intake (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 1:17PM