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HER Number:MDV5106
Name:Cairn at the northern end of Stall Moor stone row, Lydford

Summary

Ruined cairn on Green Hill at the northern end of Stall Moor stone row

Location

Grid Reference:SX 636 677
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/28
  • Old SAM County Ref: 403

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Circular feature shown as 'Tumulus' on 19th century map.

Worth, R. N., 1892, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, 48 (Article in Serial). SDV237176.

Rowe, S., 1896, A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor, 171 (Monograph). SDV249697.

Falcon, T. A., 1905, Dartmoor: A Note on Graves, 460 (Article in Serial). SDV255372.

Ruined cairn, ending Stall Moor stone row. The row runs from Redlake to Green Hill, to where a small square stone, set at right angles and appearing like a blocking stone occurs. Cater's Beam? cairn is some metres beyond the last stone in the row.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 403 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Malim, T., 1935, Cairn on Green Hill, 13-14 (Unknown). SDV234042.

Worth, R. H., 1941, Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor, 227-8 (Article in Serial). SDV251083.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 207 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 154 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 3th June 1976. Cairn of diameter 9.0 metres, and height 0.7 metres. Group of large slabs in centre possibly remains of cist. Stone row descends from it and continues for 3.4 kilometres.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 74-75, Map 55, Figure 55.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn 4 at the north end of the stone row is 9 metres in diameter by 1.3 metres high. The isolated mound without a retaining circle lies south-east of the highest point. It is hollowed at the centre where a scatter of loose stones surround a pair of large blocks with one of them on edge. From here the stone circle at the south end of the row is just visible on the crest of its hill well below the skyline, but it seems unlikely that the Green Hill cairn was the intended terminus. More probably a longstone once stood nearby in a fashion similar to the Piles Hill end of the Butterdon row.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A heavily disturbed cairn on the summit of Green Hill which marks the northern terminal of the Stall Moor to Green Hill stone row (MDV4309). The turf covered mound stands no higher than 0.5m and has an approximate spread of between 9.5m and 11m. A large portion of the cairn is obscured by rushes and a random pile of granite boulders placed on the centre of the mound is unlikely to form part of the original structure though perhaps displaced cairn fabric.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1003287 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

At the northern end of the stone row just below the summit of Green Hill the alignment ends close to the second cairn. This cairn survives as a circular stony mound measuring 9 metres in diameter and up to 0.7 metres high. It has several large stones at its centre one of which is set on edge and may represent part of a cist. There is a slightly hollowed centre indicative of early partial excavation or robbing.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 441623, SX66NW20 (Website). SDV362732.

Cairn at north end of stone row.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 441739, SX66NW64 (Website). SDV362732.

Cairn on the summit of Green Hill is the northern terminal of the stone row.T he cairn comprises an ovoid, turf-covered, stoney mound with a diameter of 9 metres and height 0.7 metres. A circular depression, 4 metres in diameter and 0.25 metres deep, lies in the centre of the mound. A scatter of stones in this depression may be the remains of a cist.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV234042Unknown: Malim, T.. 1935. Cairn on Green Hill. Unknown. 13-14.
SDV237176Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1892. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 24. Digital. 48.
SDV249697Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1896. A Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor. Unknown. 171.
SDV251083Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. 227-8.
SDV255372Article in Serial: Falcon, T. A.. 1905. Dartmoor: A Note on Graves. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 37. Paperback Volume. 460.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 154.
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. 403.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 207.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 74-75, Map 55, Figure 55.7.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #122612 ]
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1003287.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441623, SX66NW20.

Associated Monuments

MDV28465Related to: Mound to the north-east of Stall Moor stone row, Lydford (Monument)
MDV4309Related to: Stall Moor long stone row, Cornwood, Harford and Lydford Parishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 13 2020 3:39PM