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HER Number:MDV16727
Name:Large cairn on Corndon Tor


Large cairn crowning the rocks of Corndon Tor, around 50 meters south of another cairn on the summit of the Tor: set within the Dartmeet parallel reave system.


Grid Reference:SX 685 741
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442874
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/186
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1980, SX67SE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346979.

The cairn situated on flat outcropping rock, measures 28.5 meters in diameter and 2.9 meters high. It is in fair condition but has a number of pits and shelters dug into the sides and top.
At SX68597414 on the summit of Corndon Tor is a rock outcrop about 4.5 meters high and 10.0 meters across, with a natural sloping berm 2.0 meters to 3.0 meters wide. Around this there is a band of
loose stone 6.5 meters wide, 1.1 meter high on the outer face and from 0.2 meters to 0.3 meters on the inner face. The overall diameter is some 27.0 meters similar to the other cairns in the area. The cairn is not featured in Grinsell's list of Dartmoor barrows but is a typical tor cairn (see ground photographs and plan).
Found during field investigation.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Appears to sit directly across a reave. Visible on 1980 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.

Cave-Penney, 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV307397.

This is a tor cairn. It looks as though the stones have been moved around a lot.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 130-131 (Monograph). SDV299725.

A miniature tor crowns the highest point of Corndon Down, the rocks partly hidden by what must have been a huge cairn of small stones around its base. These have been displaced in all directions but it is unlikely there were ever enough to cover the rocks entirely. A reave (originating on the far side of Vag Hill nearly 2 kilometres away), runs up to its base and continues on the north side towards West Webburn. Other details: Map 15, 4.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

National Monuments Record, 23/04/1980, SF1748, 374-383 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279663.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV279663Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 23/04/1980. SF1748. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 374-383.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 130-131.
SDV307397Report - Survey: Cave-Penney. 1985. Unknown.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81866 ]
SDV346979Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1980. SX67SE7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6387Related to: Large cairn on Corndon Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2015 10:39AM