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HER Number:MDV13486
Name:Prehistoric stone circle and stone row circa 200 metres northeast of Sharp Tor, Harford


Circle of seven stones, measuring around 8.0 metres in diameter, with a possible stone alignment of three stones leading north-east from the circle.


Grid Reference:SX 650 618
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE133
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442150
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/343

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • STONE SETTING (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Hankin, C. F., 1976, Stone circle and row, Harford, sketch included (Worksheet). SDV151873.

Stone circle and stone row on Harford Moor; approximately 105 metres north of the large cairn on Sharp Tor; north-east of the rock outcrop which forms the Tor. The ground has few scattered stones so that the circle shows up clearly.
The vegetation is rough grass and heather, soft and spongy within the circle. Seven stones, with a possible eighth now covered with overgrowth, form a circle with diameter 7.9 metres - 8.2 metres. The height above ground varies from 0.25m to 0.48m. There is no cairn, but several stones lie scattered within the circle and close to the perimeter.
North-east of the circle (40 degrees east of magnetic north), three stones more or less in line suggest the remains of a stone alignment. Two stand above ground to a height of 0.2 metres and 0.3 metres respectively; the third stone (the middle stone of the three) is but a fragment showing in the ground. These stones are 7.0 metres to 12.5 metres distant from the perimeter of the circle. In line with the three stones and 143 metres approximately from the centre of the circle, there is a stone 'pyramid' shaped, 0.6 metres high, with base 0.8 metres and top 0.35 metres.
The ground slopes slightly down from the circle to the outlier. (Visited 16/08/1976)

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 140, 9a (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

East of Sharp Tor. SX 65006188 Retaining circle (no cairn within), with a possible stone row descending slope to the north-east; diameter 8.0 metres.

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

Not visible on 1985 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme by previous advisor who did not propose it for scheduling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV151873Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1976. Stone circle and row, Harford. Worksheet. Digital. sketch included. [Mapped feature: #80931 ]
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 140, 9a.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV5764Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Sep 10 2021 2:28PM