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HER Number:MDV4200
Name:Beardown Man standing stone

Summary

The Beardown Man standing stone is one of only two certain examples of an isolated standing stone on Dartmoor. Situated immediately to the west of Devil's Tor on a west-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Cowsic, the stone leans slightly towards the south-east and measures 3.4 metres high by 1.0 metre wide and 0.4 metres thick.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 596 796
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 554
  • Old SAM Ref: 22222
  • Pastscape: 439571

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1888, Some Devon Monoliths, 160-2 (Article in Serial). SDV266063.


Burnard, R., 1911, Address of the President, 52 (Article in Serial). SDV231227.

Solitary menhir near Devil's Tor probably, and exceptionally, not connected with interment of the dead.


Brailsford, J. W., 1938, Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor, 451 (Article in Serial). SDV304210.


Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 191-192, Fig 1 plates 2, 3, Estimated 1939 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Beardown Man. Under Devil's Tor. The stone is a top slab from one of the piles of rock constituting the tor. Measures 3.45 metres high, 0.99 metres long, 0.34 metres wide.
This menhir lies a little to west of Devil's Tor, a fine stone remotely placed. There is a cairn approximately 250 metres to the south.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57NE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV255326.

Visited 26/6/1950. Worth's description confirmed as accurate.


Brown, T., 1961, Tales of a Dartmoor Village, 205 (Article in Serial). SDV238060.


Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV342809.

Visited 26/1/1982 Department of Environment Field Monument Warden visit.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on the Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.


Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

Visited 6/9/1986 Field Monument Warden visit.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 64-5, Map 29.15 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Beardown Man is a massive granite slab high above the river on the edge of a featureless plateau below Devil's Tor. The depth of peat here has reduced it's original height by at least a metre to its present 3.5 metres.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 30/11/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey visit. The monument is currently in a stable condition though is used by animals as a rubbing post.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

Beardown Man. An upright standing stone on the west side of Devil's Tor.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Beardown Man' standing stone is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

The Beardown Man standing stone is one of only two certain examples of an isolated standing stone on Dartmoor.
Details: This monument includes a standing stone situated immediately to the west of Devil's Tor on a gentle west-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Cowsic. The stone leans slightly towards the south-east and measures 3.4 metres high by 1.0 metre wide and 0.4 metres thick.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 1978 and 1994 data (Website). SDV360651.

On the summit of the flattish top of Devil's Tor at approximately 139.0 metres OD is the 'Beardown Man' (name confirmed). The stone, which leans slightly south-east, is 3.4 metres high, 1.0 metre by 0.4 metres in section, and in good condition.
Revised at 1:10 000 on PFD. See ground photograph (citing Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments, 25/08/1978).
SX 59587961. Beardown Man. An impressive standing stone, in good condition and as described by Worth (1940). However, the long term stability of the stone is threatened by a deep, irregular hollow around its base. The stone is located off the crest of a ridge in open moorland (citing Probert, S. A. J., 11/07/1994 Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 64-5, Map 29.15.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 191-192, Fig 1 plates 2, 3, Estimated 1939.
  • Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1911. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. A5 Hardback. 52.
  • Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1961. Tales of a Dartmoor Village. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. Unknown. 205.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57NE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1888. Some Devon Monoliths. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 20. 160-2.
  • Article in Serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1938. Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor. Antiquity. 12. 451.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
  • Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 30/11/2004.
  • Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1978 and 1994 data.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91281 ]
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 20 2018 10:26AM