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HER Number:MDV2312
Name:Large damaged summit cairn on Wigford Down, Meavy


Disturbed cairn on Wigford Down, measures 26 metres in diameter, 0.4 metres high. Robbed of about a third of its stone, it consists of a ragged-topped mass of small stones, the former site of an Observation Post. Small cairn at its base on the south-east side.


Grid Reference:SX 546 651
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEAVEY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling of Bronze age parallel reave field system with hut circle settlements and cairns, plus deserted Medieval settlements with long houses and pillow mounds, on Wigford Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/12
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1943, 66th Report on Barrows, 54-55, plate 10 (Article in Serial). SDV16898.

On or near the summit of Wigford Down, there are five cairns or remains of cairns. Four are shown on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map series.
Cairn A; the northernmost is a recognisable heap of stones, marked tumulus on the Ordnance Survey map. Diameter 94 feet, height 3 feet, much disturbed and topped by an abandoned wartime observation post.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NW21 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252273.

This tumulus was largely destroyed during the war. An unchecked cairn maximum 15.24, minimum 30.5 metres in diameter (22/05/1950).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 156 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

27/7/1972 Mutilated cairn. Diameter 23 metres, height 0.6 metres.

Price, D. G., 1978, Settlement and ancient fields on Wigford Down, 69-75 (Article in Serial). SDV220620.

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

Not recorded by the project.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 80, Map 48.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Butler's cairn 2. Summit cairn in poor condition. Robbing has removed about a third of the stone on the east side, leaving the remainder a ragged-topped mass of small stones, measuring 26 by 4 metres. It was once the site of an Observation Post, now cleared away, and at its based is a small cairn (Butler's cairn 8) which measures 5.0 by 0.2 metres, hollowed at the centre like another close by (9); 6.0 by 0.3 metres.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 80, Map 48.1.
SDV16898Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. 66th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. Hardback Volume. 54-55, plate 10.
SDV220620Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1978. Settlement and ancient fields on Wigford Down. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 110. Unknown. 69-75.
SDV252273Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NW21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 156.
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.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83684 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2311Related to: Damaged cairn on Wigford Down (Monument)
MDV2219Related to: Parallel reave system on Wigford Down (Monument)
MDV2313Related to: Small cairn on Wigford Down (Monument)
MDV48904Related to: Small cairn on Wigford Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 8 2017 12:39PM