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HER Number:MDV14772


A circled barrow, 8.7m diameter, at ne end of row b of the drizzlecombe group (worth, 1946).


Grid Reference:SX 592 670
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/80/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 462
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=12/3/1993 (gerrard) cairn survives as a 9m diam mound standing up to 1m high. A central hollow, 2.5m by1.5m by 0.3m deep, represents robbing or a partial early excavation. Surrounding the mound, is a ring of 7 upright stones set 0.5m from its periphery. This type of cairn is described by turner as encircled (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272593.

Das field guide/11(1995)/the drizzlecombe stone rows/in pf.

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

Encircled cairn. Ring of orthostats 8.4m diam around cairn 6m diam and 0.7m high. Aligned ne of centre of stone row. Ring stones set leaning outwards, some on trigger stones (turner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=29/7/1972 (grinsell) cairn with retaining circle. Diameter 8m height 1.2m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=31/1/1979 (os) cairn is offset from the line of the stone row by 1.5m. Diameter 8m and height up to 1.4m. A depression in the centre may be the site of a cist. Six stones of the cairn circle remain.

WORTH, 1937, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272575.

This barrow has a distinct variety of the open retaining circle, the stones are few and slab-like and set leaning out from the barrow. Slabs have been trigged on the outside to prevent falling (worth, 1937).

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV272578.

Vis=-/-/- (ancient monuments) 8.84m diameter, 0.9m high, with circle of small stones set 0.9m to 1.2m away from cairn base.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272580.

Not visible raf verticals (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272585.

Worth, r. H. /tda/69(1937)95/56th report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272586.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)293/the stone rows of dartmoor, part 1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272587.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)167/dartmoor barrows/sheepstor 29.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272588.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272589.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)48 54 79/f13.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272590.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/3(1994)139.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272591.


Quinnell, N. V., 10/09/1995, Cairn (Worksheet). SDV272592.

Circular cairn, the north-eastern terminal to Drizzlecombe Row Worth 18. The centre is offset 1.7 metres south-east of the alignment. 0.8 metres high and 8.0 metres diameter with a flattish top, 3.5 metres across. This contains an angular pit, 2.5 metres long but up to 1.0 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep. This appears to be an exploratory excavation although there are no pronounced spoil heaps. Around the perimeter of the cairn are 8 stones of which 7 are earthfast. They are set at intervals of 1.5 - 2.0 metres. If regular this would suggest that 4 stones are missing. It may be coincidence that the largest of the stones faces the row.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 210, No. 18, Fig. 73 (Monograph). SDV337618.

A circled barrow, 29 feet diameter at the north-east end of Drizzlecombe Group 'B'.

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

Cairn visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272575Migrated Record: WORTH, 1937.
SDV272578Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV272580Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV272585Migrated Record:
SDV272586Migrated Record:
SDV272587Migrated Record:
SDV272588Migrated Record:
SDV272589Migrated Record:
SDV272590Migrated Record:
SDV272591Migrated Record:
SDV272592Worksheet: Quinnell, N. V.. 10/09/1995. Cairn. Worksheet.
SDV272593Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 210, No. 18, Fig. 73.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81340 ]
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV4047Related to: Cairn at Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 11:21AM