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HER Number:MDV18419
Name:Barrow at Tor Royal


Barrow at Tor Royal. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 611 737
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric barrow on lower slope of Royal Hill circa 234 metres south of Blackbrook River

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 619923
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/142
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1982, Tor Royal Farm (Plan - measured). SDV265836.

Possible barrow noticed on Tor Royal survey.

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

Not visible.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Crock of Gold Cairn and Barrow at Tor Royal (Report - Survey). SDV345672.

A low mound, almost certainly a barrow, lies in the angle of the junction of two narrow streams. On a shallow northern slope with extensive views to the north, at 349 meters above sea level, it is surrounded by peat marsh and scattered large boulders. It measures 7.7 meters east to west by 6.8 meters north to south, 0.6 meters high on the downhill side, 0.3 meters high on the uphill side, and is apparently composed of soil and growan. The flattish top is disturbed by a pit approximately 2.8 meters across and 0.3 meters deep with upcast spoil around its edge. There is no evidence of stone content, a kerb or a ditch.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

National Monuments Record, 2010, 619923 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV265838.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV265836Plan - measured: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1982. Tor Royal Farm. 6 inch. Unknown.
SDV265838National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 619923. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
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: #82231 ]
SDV345672Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Crock of Gold Cairn and Barrow at Tor Royal. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:32AM