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HER Number:MDV13252
Name:Ring cairn on Cudlipptown Down, Peter Tavy


'a possible hut circle' visible on raf 1964 ap (os).


Grid Reference:SX 537 789
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Bronze age ring cairn with standing stones set around the ring, Cudlipptown Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/69
  • Old SAM Ref: 22213(P)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description


Vis=estimated -/-/1992 (gerrard) survives as raised internal platform. Diam 11m. Surrounded by bank 2.2m wide, 0.4m high. Kerb visible in places. Probably of the double kerbed variety without a central mound (mpp).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Vis=embanked stone circle; an annular bank of earth and/or stones with an inner edge of orthostats. Internal diam 11m with bank 2m wide and 0.6m high. Only a few kerb stones remain (turner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=14/9/1975 (grinsell) ring cairn (?) enclosing area c 10m in diameter. Three or four standing stones around circumference of ring.15. Om diameter, 0.3m high.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

'a possible hut circle' visible on raf 1964 ap (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2244.

Vis=grinsell appears to site this cairn a little further to the s than rchm survey shows. Two cairns recorded by grinsell, three by rchm and ngr's do not tie up. See subsheet and sx57nw-30 (horner).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230583.

Vis=18/10/1980 (os) ringwork similar to normal cairn save for the standing stones which make it analogous, on a smaller scale, to the embanked stone circle at sx581651 (nmr, citing os).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230584.

Vis=6/11/1987 (rchme) sx53727894. Ring cairn of c.11m diam inside a turf-covered bank, composed generally of smallish stones, c.2.2m wide and max 0.4m high on e. Has been mutilated and spread in se + w.

NMR, CITING SAINSBURY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230585.

Several stones are evident, 2 probably set in inner face, but the rest are apparently part of the bank or even part of the outer face. Two in the e on the uphill side appear to form an entrance, but this is probably due to mutilation. Interior appears to have been levelled and is 0.2m above ground to w. No evidence of any internal features or a ditch (nmr, citing sainsbury).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230586.

Vis=one of two ring cairns on nw slope of cudlipptown down to s of cairn sx57nw-30 (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230590.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV230591.

Aph=raf 58/6399 0042-43 july 1964.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230592.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)160.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV230593.

Aph=nmr sx5378/1/221(20/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230594.

Des=sainsbury, i. S. /(6/11/1987)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230595.

Des=horner, b.(27/10/1992)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230596.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)70/b5.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Ring cairn is clearly visible on the modern aerial photography. This is one of three features that can be seen on the 2010 aerial photography, which suggests the National Monuments Record was right and Grinsell may have missed one cairn. Measurements from the photograph are 16.5 metres diameter east-west and 15 metres north-south (measurements to extent of the stones in ring, not internal dimensions).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV2244Migrated Record:
SDV230583Report - Survey: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV230584Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV230585Migrated Record: NMR, CITING SAINSBURY.
SDV230586Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV230590Migrated Record:
SDV230591Aerial Photograph:
SDV230592Migrated Record:
SDV230593Aerial Photograph:
SDV230594Migrated Record:
SDV230595Migrated Record:
SDV230596Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80829 ]
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 2:45PM