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HER Number:MDV49511
Name:Stone circle 370 metres south-west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor

Summary

At the northern end of a double stone alignment is a circular stone setting 7 metres in diameter consisting of eight stones up to 1.3 metres in height. There is no trace of a cairn within the circle.
The stone row is clearly visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007 onwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 576 639
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/19/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 560A
  • Old SAM Ref: 10664

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=7/5/1976(grinsell) retaining circle at higher end of stone row. Diam 7m. No trace of mound or cairn (grinsell).

Wilkinson, J. G., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138952.

Wilkinson notes and maps trowlesworthy circle and avenue. Circle, which he refrains from calling a proper sacred circle, probably once contained 12 stones of which 8 remain (wilkinson).

WORTH 1946, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169075.

At the n end of the double stone row is a retaining circle, 6.7m diam. It consists of 8 stones, all still erect and all columnar in type. The tallest stone lies next to the row and is 1.3m in height (worth 1946).

DCMS:6/10/2003, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169085.

Smc granted,subject to conditions, for works concerning the repair of broken stone (dcms:6/10/2003).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169086.

Des=rchm app (1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169087.

Osa=sx56se-38/plans.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169088.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)291.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169089.

Worth, r. H. /tda/24(1892)401.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169091.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor/(1953)209.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169092.

Worth, r. H. /tda/73(1941)231-232 fig 3.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV169094.

Aph=nmr sx5764/2(8/4/1976).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169095.

Balaam,n. +smith,k. +wainwright,g. /pps/48(1982)254-5 fig 22.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169096.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)82/g25.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169098.

Des=national trust/the upper plym valley: the management of an historic landscape/(1994)16.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169099.

Hazell,e. /the decoding of down tor aka hingston hill/(2001)/in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV169100.

Des=dcms/smc letter/(6/10/2003)/in smr.

Balaam, N. D. et al, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260479.

The circle is 7.1m diam and surrounds a rough central mound. The stones of the circle are 0.7 -1.3m high (balaam et al).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Stone circle 6.5m diam, 8 stones standing (turner).

National Trust, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV5615.

Vis=estimated -/-/1987(national trust) circle of 8 distinct orthostats, known locally in 1888 as "the pulpit" (see page). Situated at ne end of alignment. E half of interior is slightly higher, kidney-shaped in plan and contains medium-sized stones, which may have been used as packing stones around the orthostats. The sw orthostat, the tallest, leans outwards and has several small stones around it (national trust).

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Vis=17/5/1941(worth) plan of retaining circle with detailed measurements. Suggests that tallest stone has been interfered with.

Page, J. L. W., 1895, An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities, with some account of its borders, with some account of its borders (Monograph). SDV344985.

Page, j. L. W. /[title not cited]/(1889)273.

Wilkinson, J. G., 1962, Title not cited, 26 35 plate 1. (Article in Serial). SDV169093.

Wilkinson notes and maps Trowlesworthy circle and avenue. Circle, which he refrains from calling a proper sacred circle, probably once contained 12 stones of which 8 remain.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 165, Shaugh Prior 44 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Retaining circle at higher end of stone row. Diameter 7.0 metres. No trace of mound or cairn.

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

Visible and recorded.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5763 03-05-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A stone circle is visible.

Google, 2019, Google Earth Pro, EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 22-JUN-2018 ACCESSED 22-NOV-2019 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363088.

A stone circle is visible.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

Eight individual stones are identifiable on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007 defining a rough circle 6 to 7m in diameter.
The circle is centred on circa SX and the stones are approximately 2 to 3.5m apart.
The location of each identifiable stone has been schematically transcribed.
The stone circle visible at the northern end of the double stone alignment MDV2421.
The stones remain clearly visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2018.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV138952Migrated Record: Wilkinson, J. G..
SDV169075Migrated Record: WORTH 1946.
SDV169085Migrated Record: DCMS:6/10/2003.
SDV169086Migrated Record:
SDV169087Migrated Record:
SDV169088Migrated Record:
SDV169089Migrated Record:
SDV169091Migrated Record:
SDV169092Migrated Record:
SDV169093Article in Serial: Wilkinson, J. G.. 1962. Title not cited. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 18. Unknown. 26 35 plate 1..
SDV169094Aerial Photograph:
SDV169095Migrated Record:
SDV169096Migrated Record:
SDV169098Migrated Record:
SDV169099Migrated Record:
SDV169100Migrated Record:
SDV260479Migrated Record: Balaam, N. D. et al.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 165, Shaugh Prior 44.
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.
SDV344985Monograph: Page, J. L. W.. 1895. An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities, with some account of its borders, with some account of its borders. An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities. Unknown.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5763 03-05-2007. [Mapped feature: #123055 ]
SDV363088Aerial Photograph: Google. 2019. Google Earth Pro. Various. Digital. EARTH.GOOGLE.COM 22-JUN-2018 ACCESSED 22-NOV-2019.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..
SDV5615Migrated Record: National Trust.
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.

Associated Monuments

MDV2421Related to: Stone row 440 metres south of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Nov 22 2019 11:29AM