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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 a stony mound of 25 metres diameter by 1 metre high with an outer rim 0.8 metres wide by 0.7 metres high. Several hollows around south and west sides are probably shelters. It is one of a series of large cairns 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

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE23
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441164
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/221
  • Old SAM Ref: 10534

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) 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, 1950, SX65NE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV166620.

(24/03/1950) 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., 1977-1980, 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.

(23/06/1973) A mutilated cairn situated on a spur at SX 65165891; 24 metres diameter by 1.8 metres high.

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, 243, Map 53, Figure 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Wetherdon Hill cairn '19' at SX65165892 of 26.0 metres diameter by 2.0 metres high 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.

Riley, H., 2021, Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Landscape, Harford and Ugborough (Report - Survey). SDV364697.

One of fifty cairns recorded during survey.

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

Visited on 17th January 2021, surveyed and photographed. Large cairn Weatherdon Hill: stony mound, 25 metres diameter, 1 metre high, with outer rim, 0.8 metres wide, 0.7 metres high; several hollows around south and west sides probably shelters.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1980. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV166620Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE23. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. 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, 243, Map 53, Figure 53.7.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1013309.

Associated Monuments

MDV132348Related to: Area of tinworking trial pits on Weatherdon 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)
MDV3134Related to: Cairn north-west of Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV2897Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill at southern end of stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2896Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2895Related to: Large cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2915Related to: Large Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3137Related to: Round cairn on Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8770 - Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Lanscape, Harford and Ugborough

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2022 9:31AM