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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.


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: 443710
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/26
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE SETTING (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

There are only four certain stones still standing with possibly a fifth. The circle was clearly not less than 18.3 metres in diameter. There is a large block of irregular outline within its limits which at one time may have stood fully six feet high.

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

Unrecorded before this time and very poorly defined and ruinous stone circle which contains a possible fallen menhir. The circle consists of four definite stones with a possible fifth. Of these two can be described as standing, the remainder fallen. The possible menhir is columnar in appearance and lies within the circle. No sign of a barrow within the circle. No trace of stone row. This circle is a partner to the Buttern Hill circle, situated on a slope to its western side. (Scale plan included)
Recorder in 1951 could not locate circle.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 194 (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 articially arranged.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme. The description of this stone circle matches SX68NW3 (MDV4371) and it is therefore very likely to represent a duplication. 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.. 1993-2002. 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.
SDV234309Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1894. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. Unknown. 304.
SDV239136Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX68NW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
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:Dec 15 2015 11:38AM