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HER Number:MDV18859
Name:Cup-marked boulder, Brisworthy


Possible prehistoric cup-marked boulder of granite with at least 15 hollows, originally interpreted as a tinners' mortarstone in the early 20th century incorporated into a hedge/field boundary at Brisworthy. Not in its original position so not considered appropriate for scheduling.


Grid Reference:SX 559 651
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEAVEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE203
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 619143
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/19/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1914, Stray notes on Dartmoor tin-working. Part 1, 286 (Article in Serial). SDV243139.

(see 1940 entry for Worth) Other details: Figures.

Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Blowing House, 221 (Article in Serial). SDV154693.

(SX 559651) The fragmentary remains of a tinner's mill were found in 1911 by Worth incorporated into field walls on the eastern side of the northern end of the lane where it opens on the little hamlet of Brisworthy. An unfinished mortar stone of common coarse-grained granite bearing fifteen holes is built into the hedge next to the south gate post of the field. It is 35 inches long and 24 inches broad and has holes varying in diameter from one inch to four inches. The leat which supplied this mill was taken out of Legis Lake and still exists; it has now been extended to supply water to Wigford Down Clay Works.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Three prehistoric (?) cup-marked boulders on Dartmoor, 27-31 (Article in Serial). SDV278145.

A prehistoric(?) cup-marked boulder, Brisworthy hamlet. A large undressed block of granite, 1.45 by 1.0 by 0.9 meters built into a hedge at this location, has, on its exposed face, 15 certain hollows and 3 possible shallow ones. Average diameter 60 millimetres, depth 15 millimetres. Interpreted by Worth (1914) as a tinner's mortarstone, but thought by Greeves to be "a genuine prehistoric artefact". Other details: figure 1a.

Morris, R. W. B., 1989, The Prehistoric Rock Art of Great Britain, 88 (Article in Serial). SDV278146.

Listed in gazetteer as prehistoric, with cup and groove marks in a pattern. A provisional estimated date in uncalibrated carbon 14 years of 1900-1600 BC is given.

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

No longer in its original position and therefore not considered schedulable.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV154693Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Blowing House. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. Paperback Volume. 221.
SDV243139Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1914. Stray notes on Dartmoor tin-working. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 46. Unknown. 286.
SDV278145Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Three prehistoric (?) cup-marked boulders on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 39. Unknown. 27-31.
SDV278146Article in Serial: Morris, R. W. B.. 1989. The Prehistoric Rock Art of Great Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 55. Unknown. 88.

Associated Monuments

MDV12807Related to: Stone beside road, north of Princetown (Monument)
MDV18864Related to: The Dunstone, Lower Dunstone (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 27 2021 2:10PM