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HER Number:MDV3377
Name:Standing stone at Drizzlecombe

Summary

Standing stone at Drizzlecombe at the south-western end of one of the stone rows. Thought to be the tallest on Dartmoor, standing up to 4.2 metres high. Was defaced with Chinese graffiti some time before 1963 but this is not obvious now.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 592 670
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 42
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/276/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/80/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 462
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • Pastscape: 438619

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Brailsford, J. W., 1938, Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor, 444-5 (Article in Serial). SDV304210.

Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 194-19, plates 5, 6 figs 1,2 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Recumbent in 1889; since raised and stands 14 foot high. Other details: Plate.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 293 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Drizzlecombe group. Menhir at south-west end of row approximately 5.4 meters as fallen, 4.2 meters as erected. The tallest menhir on Dartmoor.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE42, Menhir (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272597.

(31/05/1950) Description and measurements provided by Worth are accurate.

Unknown, 1963, More Dartmoor Damage (Article in Serial). SDV343482.

Report of bogus inscription carved on this stone.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE42 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272056.

(31/01/1979) Large standing stone at the south-west end of the row. The standing stone measures 1.1m by 0.3m and is 4.3m high. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD and at 1:500 for AO Records.

Padel, O. J., 1983, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV272032.

One of the Drizzlecombe menhirs has been defaced with Chinese graffiti.

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1993, Untitled Source, 133415 (Un-published). SDV272030.

Blocking stone at the south-west end of alignment stands up to 4.2 meters high and is the tallest example on the moor. Sometime prior to 1963 the north face of this stone was defaced with Chinese graffiti, though this is now weathered and not obtrusive.

Tulley, A. R., 1994, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV272033.

Tulley offers a further alternative translation of the Chinese characters.

Devon Archaeological Society, 1995, The Drizzlecombe Stone Rows (Leaflet). SDV272662.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

The easternmost stone alignment lies nearly parallel with the other two and includes an 82.2 meter long, single row of three recumbent and 11 upright stones with an average height of 0.38 meters, although the blocking stone at the south western end is much larger, stands up to 4.2 meters high and is the tallest example on the Moor. Sometime prior to 1963 the northern face of this stone was defaced with Chinese graffiti, though this is now weathered and not obtrusive. The spacing of the stones along the row varies between 3.0 meters and 4.5 meters. A cairn denotes the upper end of the row and this survives as a 9.0 meter diameter mound standing up to 0.9 meters. A central hollow represents the site of robbing or partial early excavation. Surrounding the mound, is a ring of 12 upright stones set 1.5 meters from its periphery. See listing for full details of associated monuments. (Scheduled 1961, amended 2001) Other details: SAM UID: 24104.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231163Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 194-19, plates 5, 6 figs 1,2.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 293.
SDV272030Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1993. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Unknown. 133415.
SDV272032Correspondence: Padel, O. J.. 1983. Letter. Unknown.
SDV272033Correspondence: Tulley, A. R.. 1994. Letter. Unknown.
SDV272056Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE42. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272597Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE42. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Menhir.
SDV272662Leaflet: Devon Archaeological Society. 1995. The Drizzlecombe Stone Rows. Field Guide. 11. Leaflet.
SDV304210Article in Serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1938. Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor. Antiquity. 12, Issue 48. Digital. 444-5.
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.
SDV343482Article in Serial: Unknown. 1963. More Dartmoor Damage. Devon Archaeological Exploration Society Newsletter. 5. A5 Unbound.
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV55249Related to: Cairn in Drizzlecombe group (Monument)
MDV55250Related to: Cairn in Drizzlecombe group (Monument)
MDV14778Related to: STANDING STONE in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV28526Related to: STANDING STONE in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3376Related to: Stone row, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV14776Related to: Stone Row, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV14777Related to: Stone Row, Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2020 3:28PM