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HER Number:MDV4121
Name:Peat stacks on Langstone Moor


Three of five turf-covered mounds, discovered by Lady Fox in 1953, suspected to be only peat hags.


Grid Reference:SX 551 779
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE31
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439658
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/16/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PEAT STAND (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) MOUND (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD? to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV226881.


Ordnance Survey, 1953-1969, 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial, (1953) (Cartographic). SDV352727.

(SX 55157782, 55207792, 55247801) Tumuli (NR).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 179 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited August 1976) Three probable peat stacks, as shown by hole in 'A'.
'A' SX 55247801 Diameters 11m by 6m, height 0.5m.
'B' SX 55207791 Diameter 6.5m, height 0.3m.
'C' SX 55157782 Diameter 6.0m, height 0.3m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX57NE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV275753.

Three of five mounds, turf covered, suspected to be only peat hags by Lady Fox (1953).
(11/09/1978) In a flat area of peat diggings only that at SX 55247801 is now visible as an elliptical shaped peaty mound, 10.0m by 6.0m and 0.9m high. Vague amorphous mounds exist in abundance and the general appearance, condition and position of this mound would suggest a peat hag which accords with Lady Fox's interpretation.

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

Not visible on 1940s Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

(01/10/2003) As described by Ordnance Survey in 1978.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 23/08/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

Two barrow-like mounds lie in boggy ground about halfway between the barrows on the ridge between Wedlake Combe and the Walkham Valley (SX 57 NW 27) and the Langstone stone circle (SX 57 NE 13).
One was cut through and consisted entirely of peaty soil without any stones. They did not appear to be barrows but the workmen did not consider them to be the remains of old peat stacks. (T Devon Ass 31 1899 153)

Sources / Further Reading

SDV226881Migrated Record:
SDV255420Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2003. The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. 25. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 179.
SDV275753Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX57NE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital. (1953).
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 23/08/2021.

Associated Monuments

MDV12812Parent of: Peat stack on Langstone Moor (Monument)
MDV12813Parent of: Peat stack on Langstone Moor (Monument)
MDV12814Parent of: Peat stack on Langstone Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area
  • EDV8713 - Merrivale Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2021 8:56AM