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HER Number:MDV48856
Name:Pound on Stonetor Hill, Dartmoor Forest


A sub-circular earthern bank thought to be a possible pound. It measures 25 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high. It has been damaged by vehicular traffic. Scheduled.


Grid Reference:SX 651 853
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE110
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 889072
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/230
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POUND (Constructed, Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) RING CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, R. Wilson-North (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(17/12/1991) Centred at SX 65208536. A previously unrecorded pound lying at 410m OD within the saddle or watershed between Shovel Down to the North-East and Fernworthy Forest to the South. It has been bisected by the South Hill leat (SX 68 SW 97).
The feature consists of a sub-circular earthen bank 25m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height. It is best preserved on the North side where the bank is well defined, flat topped and has a plan width of about 4.0m On the South side the bank has been spread and flattened but still survives to 0.5m in height as a prominent outward-facing scarp, where the natural ground surface falls away from the enclosure. There is no entrance through the bank.
The interior has been badly disturbed by vehicle tracks running North-East to South-West across it; this has caused a swathe of damage (about 6m in width) in the southern part of the monument including the eroding down of the enclosing bank. The northern half of the interior is largely occupied by the South Hill leat which breaches the bank at two points, on the North-East and North-West sides. The breaches are up to 2.0m in width and stone has been exposed in the western breach where the bank has been removed. The leat crosses the interior as a channel 1.0m in width and 0.2m deep. Towards the eastern side a rectangular hollow measuring 4.5m by 4.0m has been dug through the leat; spoil from it has been thrown up on its east side.
See RCHME Shovel Down survey at 1/2500 scale also 1/200 survey.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 66/A3 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring cairn, Stonetor Hill, SE hillslope. Stone ring 25m internal diameter with bank 2.5m wide and 0.4m high. A modern track runs through the site E-W.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144061 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

ADAS RECORD SHEET, 1995, Pound on Stonetor Hill (Worksheet). SDV220798.

Visited on 13th February 1995. Found to be in a stable condition.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Outline of feature shown on prehistoric survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

'Pound' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1017874 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

Within Scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV220798Worksheet: ADAS RECORD SHEET. 1995. Pound on Stonetor Hill.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 66/A3.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144061.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. R. Wilson-North.
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1017874.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 10 2023 2:59PM