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HER Number:MDV20169
Name:Cairn south of Blackslade Ford


One of several Prehistoric cairns running south from Blackslade Ford surmounted by a stone marking the boundary between Buckland in the Moor and Ashburton parishes


Grid Reference:SX 737 751
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age cairn 100 metres south-east of Blackslade Ford, surmounted with a boundary stone inscribed "EPB 1837"

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NW82
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445195
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/130

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 330 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 178 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 1st August 1976. SX 73707511 Cairn, hollow centred, diameter 16.5 metres height 0.9 m,etres surmounted by stone inscribed "EPB 1837".

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

Site visited on 3rd April 1983. The boundary stone has been planted on an irregular pile of stone 9 metres in diameter. The wall of a Medieval settlement passes over the northern segment. There are many tinners' burrows by the Blackslade Water close by.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NW (Cartographic). SDV345445.

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 113-4 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Cairns and earthworks on Blackslade Down and Buckland Common. Cairn 'a' was about 16 metres in diameter and is the first of a linear arrangement of earthworks running south along the hillside to Cold Cross East and continuing along the ridge of Buckland Common to Buckland Beacon. Some of these are little more than a scatter of small stones around low mounds or banks and might easily be overlooked but for the boundary stones set within many of them. The earthworks are probably the remains of Prehistoric cairns and are the reason for the irregular course of the parish boundary between Blackslade Ford and Buckland Common which was laid out when these structures were more prominent. Other details: Map 10.

Brown, M., 1996, A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor, 12 (Monograph). SDV361770.

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

Cairns south of Blackslade Ford were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 39.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Cairn not shown on modern mapping. Boundary stone shown as 'B.S.'.

Newman, P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 51 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Cairn south of Blackslade Ford
An amorphous pile of large boulders, much disturbed, might have been a cairn, though a large horse-shoe shape section is missing. A modern wall, following the course of a former reave, transects the feature and a boundary stone has been placed on the pile. Condition is stable but with much legacy damage. SX73701 75120

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 178.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 113-4.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 330.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82693 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345445Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 51.
SDV361770Monograph: Brown, M.. 1996. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A guide to the Parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. A5 Paperback. 12.

Associated Monuments

MDV7534Related to: Boundary mound north of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV30607Related to: Boundary stone south-east of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV30642Related to: Cairn north of Cold East Cross (Monument)
MDV30638Related to: Cairn south of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV22823Related to: Culvert on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV30634Related to: Possible cairn south of Blackslade Ford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:May 30 2022 10:40AM