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HER Number:MDV5184
Name:Eastern White Barrow with additional tower, South Brent


A large, round, flat topped cairn measuring 26 metres in diameter and 3.5 metres high. It is surmounted by a modern, drum-shaped, marker cairn of 4.5 metres diameter and 2 metres high.


Grid Reference:SX 665 651
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE31
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441441
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/14
  • Old SAM County Ref: 1009

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 370 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX66NE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV151727.

(02/05/1950). A large flat topped cairn, in good condition.
(07/07/1977) SX 66536516 Eastern White Barrow (name confirmed) is a is a large, round, flat topped cairn, 26m diameter and 3.5m high. It is on a prominent summit, at the east end of a broad ridge at 472m above OD. It is surmounted by a modern, drum shaped, marker cairn, 4.5m diameter and 2m high. The original profile of the cairn is uncertain.
See photograph.

Gill, C. (ed.), 1970, Dartmoor: a New Study, 279 (Monograph). SDV161800.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 168 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 13th August 1976. Cairn, flat topped with modern stone built enclosure 2 metres high added, making a total height circa 5 metres. Diameter 28 metres, height 3 metres.

Robinson, R., 1978, South Brent Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV137445.

Site visited on 5th May 1977. This is a large cairn composed of granite boulders with no signs of a central depression and no grassing over. The top has been rebuilt in a cylindrical shape about 2 metres in diameter within the last few years. Apart from some surface mine workings nearby there are no traces of surrounding banks or ditches.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Site visited on 19th March 1984.

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

Visible on RAF aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 159, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Eastern White Barrow at SX66546516 set on the top of the ridge has been made more prominent by the addition of a little tower adding 2 metres to the height of 4 metres. The cairn appears to have been previously repaired and its top levelled

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Eastern White Barrow' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137445Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1978. South Brent Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist.
SDV151727Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX66NE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV161800Monograph: Gill, C. (ed.). 1970. Dartmoor: a New Study. Dartmoor: a New Study. Hardback Volume. 279.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 168.
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. 370.
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. 159, Map 57.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129031 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24707Related to: Tin working remains at Eastern White Barrow (Monument)
MDV5193Related to: Western White Barrow with shelter and re-erected cross, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 4 2022 10:27AM