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HER Number:MDV12980
Name:Site of a cairn by road at Combestone Tor, Holne


Site of a cairn shown on historic maps by the road at Combestone Tor which was destroyed for road material


Grid Reference:SX 669 717
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE57
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/136
  • Old SAM Ref: 22368
  • Pastscape: 443022

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 1501 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumulus' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Tumulus' still present on early 20th century map.

Burnard, R., 1905, Twenty-fourth report of the scientific memoranda committee, 95 (Article in Serial). SDV337252.

Tumulus shown on 1906 map. "A pillaged cairn south of the high road, and about 100 feet distant from it opposite Combestone".

National Monument Record, 1977, NMR SX6771, 3/405-8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV141238.

Photograph taken on 18th May 1977).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 12th September 1976. Possible site of cairn, destroyed for road material. Diameter 16 metres, height 0.3 metres.

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

Quarry visible in this area on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 194, Map 60, Figure 60.15 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Holne Ridge N. '1' at SX67007175 was a fine cairn until 1878 when Crossing witnessed it 'gradually disappear under the hammer of the stone breaker'. Its remains are a disorganised rim of stone and earth which lie close to one of the parallel reaves about 25 metres from the road opposite the car park.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443022, SX67SE57 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 11th July 1977. There is no definite trace of a tumulus or cairn at this position but the area has been extensively disturbed by shallow diggings, which are surrounded by low banks, possibly for road maintenance.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1020487 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Within scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141238Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. NMR SX6771. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3/405-8.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #129164 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337252Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1905. Twenty-fourth report of the scientific memoranda committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 37. A5 Hardback. 95.
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. 194, Map 60, Figure 60.15.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443022, SX67SE57.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1020487.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 9 2021 11:10AM