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HER Number:MDV5235
Name:'Huntingdon Barrow' or 'Heap of Sinners' cairn north of Huntingdon Warren


'Huntingdon Barrow' or 'Heap of Sinners' cairn north of Huntingdon Warren. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites


Grid Reference:SX 662 669
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of Huntingdon Medieval Warren including pillow mounds, vermin traps and warren house, Bronze Age hut circles, enclosures, and the Huntingdon Barrow as well as old tin workings including Huntingdon Tin Mine, Gibby Beam and Wellabrook Girt

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE22
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/55
  • Pastscape: 441414
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

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.

'Huntingdon Barrow (Tumulus)' shown on 19th century map.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 365-6 (Monograph). SDV320981.

On the highest part of Huntingdon Hill is a fine cairn 76 yards (approximately 70 meters) in circumference usually known as Huntingdon barrow but sometimes referred to as the Heap O’ Sinners.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 49 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Other details: 65th report on barrows..

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 164 (Monograph). SDV231148.

A large cairn on hillside, about 290 north west of Huntingdon Warren house (?), built up some years ago into grotesque cone.

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

Site visited on 11th October 1975. Cairn, mutilated, measuring 22.5 meters in diameter, 1.8 meters in height.

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

Visible and recorded.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 173, Map 58 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Heap of Sinners cairn at SX66206690 of 24.0 metres diameter by 2.5 metres high. Large, isolated cairn known as the ‘Heap of Sinners’, which is greatly disfigured by pits in its surface and regular remodelling of its stones, which has prevented vegetation growing on its surface. No evidence of an organised structure to this cairn and it may have never been anything more than a loose collection of stones.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441414, SX66NE22 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 3rd May 1950. Badly mutilated cairn with hollow centre.
Field Investigation on 15th July 1977. Cairn at SX 66216690 known as 'Huntingdon Barrow', or 'Heap of Sinners', is a large round cairn, diameter 22.0 metres, average height 1.7 metres situated on the summit of a broad, flat topped hill at 475 metres
above OD. It is constructed of large boulders and is so badly mutilated by the erection of marker cairns and shelters upon it, that its original profile is conjectural.
Field Investigation on 18th October 1995. Cairn at SX662126690. Its height has been reduced to 1.4 metres due to the construction of two walker's shelters and another marker cairn.

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

'Huntingdon Barrow' or 'Heap of Sinners' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 164.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 49.
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. 365-6.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 173, Map 58.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441414, SX66NE22.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94280 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 7 2021 1:25PM