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HER Number:MDV3129
Name:Cairn south of Black Pool, Harford


Cairn '10' (Butler) to the south of Black Pool


Grid Reference:SX 654 581
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE33
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/214
  • Old SAM Ref: 10607
  • Pastscape: 441194

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1190 1140-1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 10th December 1946.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Between Western Beacon and Butterdon Hill. On flat grassy ground that has almost completely been cleared of stones. A grass covered mound of stones, with hollow centre. Oval shape with longer of 16.5 metres by 12.2 metres with height 0.6 metres. Altitude 310 metres OD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 23rd June 1973. Cairn, grass covered. Diameter 10 metres, height 0.7 metres.

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

Cairn just visible on 1946 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 34-6, Map 53, Figure 53.13 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn '10' of 10 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high lies on the crest of the ridge beside Black Pool.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441194, SX65NE33 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 24th March 1950. A cairn approximately 9.5 metres diameter by 0.7 metres high;
turf covered and hummocky.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping to the south of Black Pool.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012291 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This is one of four cairns at the waterhole of Black Pool, in the valley between Butterdon Hill and Western Beacon. The cairn lies south of Black Pool. It is oval in shape, 16 metres long by 12 metres across and 0.7 metres high and is constructed of earth and stone and now turf covered. The hollow in the centre suggests that it may have been disturbed in the past.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 34-6, Map 53, Figure 53.13.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 1190 1140-1.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441194, SX65NE33.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #128685 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012291.

Associated Monuments

MDV3116Related to: Boundary stone on Harford Moor, Ugborough and Harford parishes (Monument)
MDV129931Related to: Cairn south-east of Black Pool, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2894Related to: Cairn south-east of Black Pool, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3130Related to: Cairn west of Black Pool, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 6 2021 11:28AM