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HER Number:MDV4392
Name:Possible stone circle north-west of Buttern Hill Circle, Gidleigh


Possible circle circa 180 metres north-west of the Buttern Hill circle comprising four or five stones around a fallen standing stone. Recorded by Worth (1894) and apparently seen by the Ordnance Survey in 1950, although the recorder in 1951 could not locate it, this feature has not been confirmed since 1950.


Grid Reference:SX 647 885
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Possible remains of Bronze Age stone circle comprising 4 or 5 stones 180 metres north-west of Buttern Stone Circle, Gidleigh

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW12
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443710
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/26

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • STONE SETTING? (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1894, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3., 304 (Article in Serial). SDV234309.

Throwleigh circle (Buttern Hill Circle: MDV4371) is noteworthy for having a companion, a short distance on the slope to the westward. Unrecorded before this time and only consists of four definite stones still standing, with a possible fifth; the remainder have disappeared. The circle was clearly not less than 60 feet (18.3 metres) in diameter. There is a very large block of irregular outline within its limits which at one time may have stood fully six feet high.

Royal Air Force, 1947 - 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2491, 4344-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346365.

Nothing visible on the aerial photographs.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1951, SX68NW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV239136.

Kennon Circle. Diameter 105 feet, about 6 stones standing, the rest down. Stone row (citing Ordnance Survey recorder? old 6inch recording sheet, date unknown).
Correspondence with R. W. Worth (07/12/1948) states that this circle is very hard to find and has never been surveyed accurately.
(1950) There is no stone row in existence.
(14/08/1950) SX 6477 8858 Stone circle (remains of) This is a very poorly defined and ruinous stone circle which contains a possible fallen menhir. The ?nearest true circle has a diameter of 28.5m and consists of four definite stones with a possible fifth. Of these two can be described as standing, the remainder fallen. The possible menhir is 2.2m long and columnar in appearance and lies within the circle (see plan). The largest stone in the circle is 0.7m long and stands 0.45m high.
No sign of a barrow within the circle. No trace of stone row. (Scale plan included)
(18/04/1951) Recorder unable to locate this circle.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 194, Map 38 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Worth described a smaller stone circle about 20 metres in diameter 'a short distance on the slope to the westward' comprising four or five stones erect around a fallen menhir. A number of stones do show above the turf but none appear to be artificially arranged.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme. The description of this stone circle matches SX68NW3 (The Buttern Hill circle: MDV4371) and Gerrard considered it very likely to represent a duplication, rather than a separate featre. Not recommended for scheduling.

Richards, A. F., 2012, Possible stone circle near Buttern Hill circle (Personal Comment). SDV349689.

No sign of this circle on the historic or modern mapping or on any of the aerial photography available, although this is not surprising considering the few stones recorded in the 1950s.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 194, Map 38.
SDV234309Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1894. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. Digital. 304.
SDV239136Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1951. SX68NW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #26271 ]
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.
SDV346365Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947 - 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2491. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 4344-5.
SDV349689Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2012. Possible stone circle near Buttern Hill circle. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4371Related to: Buttern Hill Stone Circle, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 25 2022 9:55AM