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HER Number:MDV3136
Name:Cairn '19' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford


'Cairn 19' (Butler) on the summit of Weatherdon Hill is 26 metres in diameter by 2 metres high. It is one of a series of large examples along the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon Hill.


Grid Reference:SX 651 589
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/221
  • Old SAM Ref: 10534

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.

One of the 'Tumuli' shown on Weatherdon Hill on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1970, SX65NE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV166620.

Cairn on Weatherdon Hill is a badly mutilated cairn. Accurate measurement is impossible, but it is about 20 metres in diameter by 1.75 metres high.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX6558, 2/240-244 & 3/245-246 (Aerial Photograph). SDV166651.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

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

A pile of medium sized stones. No sign of excavation, but the whole has been very much disturbed. The centre is not hollow. Approximate diameter 15 metres to 20 metres by height 1.80 metres.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 140 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 23rd June 1973. Mutilated cairn. Diameter 24 metres, height 1.8 metres. Siting hillspur.

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

Large cairn visible from 1976 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 24,27, Map 53, Figure 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Cairn 19' has stones scooped out down to ground level from the west side of the cairn almost to its centre.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1013309 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Cairn consisting of a mound of stones built upon a base of stone and earth, the circumference of which projects beyond the stones. Diameter 20 metres, height 1.5 metres.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV166620Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1970. SX65NE23. OSAD Card SX65NE23. Card Index.
SDV166651Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1976. SX6558. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/240-244 & 3/245-246.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 140.
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. 24,27, Map 53, Figure 53.7.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125732 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1013309.

Associated Monuments

MDV2897Related to: Cairn '1' (Butler) on Butterdon Hill at southern end of stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2896Related to: Cairn '10' (Butler) on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3134Related to: Cairn '12' (Butler) north-west of Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV3135Related to: Cairn '18' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV13165Related to: Cairn '20' (Butler) near the summit of Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV2895Related to: Large cairn '5' (Butler) on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2915Related to: Large Cairn '6' (Butler) on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3137Related to: Round cairn '11' (Butler) on Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 30 2020 5:28PM