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HER Number:MDV20318
Name:Long cairn on Gidleigh Common


Cairn measures 14m by 5.8m and stands up to 0.9m high. Recorded in 1983 and 1986 when Turner suggests evidence of a collapsed chamber.


Grid Reference:SX 655 883
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/127
  • Old SAM Ref: 34479

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LONG CAIRN (Constructed, Neolithic - 4000 BC (Between) to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6588, 1/85-90 (Aerial Photograph). SDV266970.

Robinson, R., 1983, Possible long cairn, Gidleigh (Worksheet). SDV227142.

(10/03/1983) SX 8552 8834 Previously unrecorded long cairn on Gidleigh Common. Stone, part turf-covered. Very approximately measures 11m by 5m by 0.5m high. Situated 20m east of scheduled hut circle (MDV).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on RAF / NMR photos.

Turner, J., 1986, Chamber cairn SX 6554 8837, Gidleigh Common (Plan - sketch). SDV227143.

Possible chambered cairn recorded at SX 6554 8837 on Gidleigh Common. A simple chamber cairn with evidence of a chamber (two fallen large stones at south, south-west end). Although many large boulders still remain in position, cairn has obviously been heavily robbed for later enclosure lying to the north.
Measurements: length 15.5m, width 3.5 to 5.5m, height 0.8m. This features differs from the other Gidleigh chamber tombs (North and South) as there is no evidence for a passage. It appears to be on the same axis and similar to the Corringdon ball example. Orientation south, south-west by north, north-east. Sketch with measurements included on sheet.

Ancient Monuments, 2004, Schedule Note (Schedule Document). SDV226573.

(21/01/2004) Cairn measures 14m by 5.8m and stands up to 0.9m high. Part of a coaxial field system, prehistoric settlements and cairns on 'Buttern Hill'. The monument also includes a length of the 'Bradford Leat'.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV226573Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2004. Schedule Note. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV227142Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1983. Possible long cairn, Gidleigh. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV227143Plan - sketch: Turner, J.. 1986. Chamber cairn SX 6554 8837, Gidleigh Common. Survey Drawing. Digital.
SDV266970Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6588. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 1/85-90.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #140731 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2023 11:12AM