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HER Number:MDV2888
Name:Two fallen standing stones east of Hangershell Rock, Ugborough


Probable fallen standing stones 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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/4
  • Old SAM Ref: 10549

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

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

Stones are entirely isolated on a grass moor where there are few surface stones and have none of the appearance of surface boulders.

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

Site surveyed and measured plan published.

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

One of two large granite blocks situated some 500 meters east of Hangershell Rocks. May be fallen standing stones or stones brought to the site but never erected. This western stone lies 55 meters from the other and tapers towards its northern end. Between the two are traces of two other stones, and the fact that they form a straight line lends weight to the argument that they are fallen menhirs.
This western stone was excavated in august 1968, and groups of small stones were found at the broad end and along the w side as if to receive the stone when it was erected.

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 photographs from 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.

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.

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. 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

MDV2883Related to: Fallen standing stone east of Hangershell Rock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 7 2021 11:35AM