HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV4030
Name:Cairn with cist west of Legis Lake, Sheepstor

Summary

Cairn with cist to the west of Legis Lake of 4.9m diameter by 0.3m high with cist of 0.9 metres by 0.5 metres and 0.6 metres deep with a displaced cover stone

Location

Grid Reference:SX 565 657
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE62
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438677
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/35
  • Old SAM County Ref: 383
  • Old SAM Ref: 10593

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1910, 29th Report of the Barrow Committee, 62 (Article in Serial). SDV215873.

A cist, with its coverstone pushed to one side, within the remains a 14 ft diameter cairn circle. There is also the "slightest trace" of a barrow

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

Excavations in 1911 by H. H. Breton revealed no further information.

Breton, H. H., 1914, Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities, 13, 58 (Monograph). SDV256843.

Breton, H. H., 1932, The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth, 25 (Monograph). SDV231147.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX56NE62, Plans (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV215875.

(31/05/1950) Legis Lake cairn. Margined with a circle of upright stones. Some stones from the circle are missing. The cairn measures 4.9 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high and the cist measures 0.9 metres by 0.5 metres by 0.6 metres deep. A perfect cist with two sidestones and two endstones in position. The coverstone overhangs the cist at its southern end corner. The cist is contained in a barrow, and there are the remains of a retaining circle surrounding the barrow. Nine stones remain and all are fallen.
(04/04/1979) A cairn approximately 5.0m in diameter with a dozen earthfast stones none more than 0.3m high forming a crude circle around the perimeter. Near the centre is a cist oriented north-west to southeast. It is 1.3m long and 0.5m wide and 0.5m deep with a displaced coverstone measuring 1.4m by 1.3m and 0.3m thick.
The cairn has been much ruined and spread almost to ground level. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD and 1:100.

Pettit, P., 1974, Prehistoric Dartmoor, 89, Plate (Monograph). SDV231149.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167, Sheepstor 20 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 28th July 1972. Cairn with retaining circle enclosing cist placed south-east to north-west with a capstone to south-west. Diameter 4.5 metres, height 0.2 metres.

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

Not visible on 1946 RAF verticals.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 47, 75, E32 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of rough boulders forms kerb, internal diameter 4.1 metres, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.3 metres high with central cist.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 144-5, Map 49, Figures 49.21 & 49.21.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Ringmoor Down cairn '2' at SX56596577 of 5.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high with a cist. Lukis planned this monument in 1879. Little remains of the cairn mound but the cist, its west end constructed of two stones, survives intact alongside the cover slab. An outer ring of variously sized blocks is present but all appear to be flat, and perhaps they were never placed on end.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(09/02/2005) SX 56596576. This feature remains in a stable condition and as described by the Ordnance Survey (1979).

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-10 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(20/05/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders; no issues noted, although stability and vulnerability of site questioned.

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

Feature photographed in May 2019.

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

'Cairn Circle & Cist' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012270 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn with a cist lies 150 metres west of Legis Lake. It consists of a mound 0.4 metres in height with a retaining kerb 5 metres in diameter and a central cist. The kerb contains eleven stones of which some of the larger ones have fallen. The cist has all four slabs in place and is 1.0 metres in length by 0.5 metres in width and 0.4 metres in depth. The cover slab is displaced and overhangs the cist, it is 1.40 metres in length by 1.2 metres in width.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 144-5, Map 49, Figures 49.21 & 49.21.1.
SDV215873Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1910. 29th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42. 62.
SDV215875Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX56NE62. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Card Index. Plans.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 47, 75, E32.
SDV231147Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1932. The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth. The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth. 2. Unknown. 25.
SDV231149Monograph: Pettit, P.. 1974. Prehistoric Dartmoor. Prehistoric Dartmoor. 89, Plate.
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 83.
SDV256843Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1914. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. 13, 58.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167, Sheepstor 20.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #130121 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-10.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012270.

Associated Monuments

MDV3983Related to: Brisworthy Stone Circle, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3987Related to: Cairn at the southern end of Ringmoor Down stone row, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3360Related to: Cairn west of Legis Lake, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV13243Related to: Legis Lake Medieval Settlement, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3986Related to: Ringmoor Down Stone Row, 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

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2021 11:41AM