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HER Number:MDV42777
Name:Large cairn north of Western Beacon


One of a group of five cairns of varying sizes north of Western Beacon, measured at 18m diameter by the Ordnance Survey in 1950, badly mutilated. Visible on the aerial photography. Stones moved around by visitors building shelters.


Grid Reference:SX 654 576
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/311
  • Old SAM Ref: 10610

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 394 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE37 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV167152.

(24/03/1950) Cairn. Badly mutilated. Estimated measurements 18m diameter and 1.7m high.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

(May 1976) A large cairn, uncovered stones of no more than medium size. The site is subject to a great deal of modern disturbance and the cairn is without shape. Measurements are practically useless.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141, Harford 23. (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(23/06/1973) Shapeless cairn. Measures 23m in diameter, 2.5m high.

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

Cairn marked on map overlay.

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Notes on cairns (Schedule Document). SDV165222.

Cairn consisting of stone and earth base surmounted by a mound of stones measuring 25m in diameter and 1.8m high. Visitors have moved stones around to form shelters.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV165222Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Notes on cairns. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV167152Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE37. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141, Harford 23..
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 394.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123754 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3110Related to: Boundary stone at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV112627Related to: Boundary stone west of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV112628Related to: Boundary stone west of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3126Related to: Cairn near the summit of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3125Related to: Cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV25000Related to: Small cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV25001Related to: Small cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 20 2020 11:26AM