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HER Number:MDV2883
Name:Fallen standing stone east of Hangershell Rock, Ugborough


Probable fallen standing stone east of Hangershell Rock, Ugborough. One of up to three stones lying in a direct line which are thought to have once all been standing at this location.


Grid Reference:SX 659 593
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 441154
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/4/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 10549

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD)

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 193 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 267 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Two possible menhirs east of Hangershell Rock, entirely isolated on a grass moor, where there are very few surface stones. These stones do not have the appearance of surface boulders and might have been brought here from Hangershell. Description of the stones and dimensions given.

Davidson, C. + Seabrook, R., 1973, Stone Rings on south-east Dartmoor, 29 (Article in Serial). SDV345864.

Three stones on Hangershell Down lie in a straight line suggesting that they are fallen menhirs.

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

One of two large granite blocks situated some 460-510 meters east of Hangershell Rocks. May be fallen standing stones or stones brought to the site but never erected. This eastern stone lies 55 meters from the other and is block or pillar shaped. 5.65 meters long, 0.7 meters at its widest and 0.5-0.6 meters deep. The sides of this stone have the appearance of being worked. Possible third stone between the two main stones described.

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

Not visible on existing National Monuments Record aerial photograph, January 1985

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England, 1017611 (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

These two recumbent stones east of Hangershell Rock are considered to be part of a stone alignment, which may not have been completed, the two megaliths are 55 meters apart, with traces of smaller stones between them. The western stone is 6.4 meters long and has a maximum width of 1.93 meters and a thickness of 0.76 meters; the eastern stone is 5.4 meters long and has a maximum width of 0.7 meters and a thickness of 0.5 meters. They lie in an area of grassland largely devoid of stone, and are orientated east/west towards the Butterdon stone alignment 250 meters to the west (description 1991). Other details: SAM UID: 10549.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG32 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(05/09/2019) Unable to find these features even with a GPS; area is carpeted with western gorse.

Riley, H., 2021, UG21 heritage asset database and gazetteer of sites (Report - Survey). SDV364699.

Visited on 21st January 2021. One of two fallen standing stones east of Hangershell Rock: not located with GPS.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV231163Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. Paperback Volume. 193.
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.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 267.
SDV345864Article in Serial: Davidson, C. + Seabrook, R.. 1973. Stone Rings on south-east Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 31. Paperback Volume. 29.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website. 1017611.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG32.

Associated Monuments

MDV2888Related to: Two fallen standing stones east of Hangershell Rock, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 28 2022 12:03PM