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HER Number:MDV3360
Name:Cairn west of Legis Lake


This cairn lies to the west of Legis Lake, just north of the boundary with enclosed land to the south. It is a grass-covered mound 8m in diameter and 0.3m in height, with five stones of a retaining kerb around it. It lies within 100m of a stone circle and within a few hundred metres of a stone row and other cairns.


Grid Reference:SX 565 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/65
  • Old SAM County Ref: 10588
  • Pastscape: 438680

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=28/7/1972 + 30/5/1977 (grinsell) cairn with retaining circle of which 5 stones protrude and there are indications of others. Diameter 8.2m, height 0.2m. Excavated by r. H. Worth: just n of centre, a pit containing charcoal mixed with earth. The associated stone row claimed by breton appears to be a few naturally placed boulders.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229155.

Recorded (rchm app 1985).

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV229156.

Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments) diameter 8m; height 0.3m (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229158.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229159.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)167/sheepstor 21.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229160.

Worth, r. H. /tda/42(1910)63.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229161.

Breton, h. H (1914) beautiful dartmoor. I. Sheepstor and its border lands. P.58.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV229162.

Aph=nmr sx5666/2/148(20/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229163.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)54 79/f15.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=31/5/1950 (os) turf covered cairn. Five stones of a possible retaining circle remain, all are fallen.7.2m diameter, 0.2m high.

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Encircled cairn. Ring of orthostats 8.1m diam, around cairn 3.5m diam and 0.3m high (turner).

Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-12 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(20/05/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders, although a number of the stones are hidden by vegetation (not seen as being particularly vulnerable).

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Feature photographed in May 2019.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV229155Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV229156Report - Survey: AM.
SDV229158Migrated Record:
SDV229159Migrated Record:
SDV229160Migrated Record:
SDV229161Migrated Record:
SDV229162Aerial Photograph:
SDV229163Migrated Record:
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 83.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-12.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV3983Related to: Brisworthy Stone Circle, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8376 - Excavation at cairn west of Legis Lake

Date Last Edited:Jan 19 2021 9:03AM