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HER Number:MDV53395
Name:Standing stone, Merrivale


Standing stone over 3 meters high near cairn and short stone row at Merrivale. Within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.


Grid Reference:SX 553 745
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440047
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/24/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 334
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24194

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Schedule Document). SDV320231.

Stone circle and menhir at Merrivale. A menhir 3.048 meters high stands to the south of a free standing circle of small stones.

Worth, R. N., 1893, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, Part 2, 541 (Article in Serial). SDV231164.

Other details: Part 2.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 56NE (Cartographic). SDV320244.

Merrivale. Principal menhir stands not far from the stone circle, a smaller menhir near it and the remains of a barrow (see PRN 3759) lie between the two. There are also a few scattered stones, purpose unknown. The smaller menhir is around 10 meters from the larger. A single stone row east of south from the big menhir now represented by three small stones equally spaced.

Burnard, R., 1911, Address of the President, 52 (Article in Serial). SDV231227.

Lowe, H. J., 1915-1920, The Dartmoor Antiquities and their Builders, 134-135 (Article in Serial). SDV231169.

Lowe considers the possibility of a connection between the menhir and the nearby stone circle (PRN 4998). Mention of astronomical use.

Worth, R. H., 1930, Proceedings at the Annual Meeting, 33-4 (Article in Serial). SDV231168.

Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 196-7 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Other details: Plate 8, Fig 2.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 173 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Standing stone and recumbent stone with cairn between them.

NMR, 1979, SF1510/174 (Aerial Photograph). SDV231230.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX57SE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231218.

Standing stone 3.2 meters high tapering from base which is 0.7 meters by 0.5 meters in section and supported by packing stones. Whether it was once the focus or terminus of stone rows is now uncertain, particularly since the vicinity was probably scoured for stone during construction of the local newtake wall.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible and recorded.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 79 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Two standing stones, one recumbent, with cairn between them. Other details: F19.

Stephens, F. W., 1990, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV231220.

11feet high (3.352 meters), 1 foot 8 inches (0.5 meters) square. Other details: Sketch and Note.

Gerrard, S., 1994, 133476 (Site Visit). SDV231222.

Standing stone lies 33 meters south of a nearby small stone circle and survives as a 3.2 meter high granite slab which tapers from the base which measures 0.7 meters wide by 0.5 meters thick. May have acted as a focus for the other surviving features within the vicinity, but because of the proximity of a newtake wall, it seems probable that damage to important archaeological features and structures has occurred, making detailed interpretation more difficult than would have been the case.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 28 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Standing stone, 3.1 meters high, 42 meters almost due south from the centre of the stone circle.

Gerrard, S., 1994, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV231233.

Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage, 2004, Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape, 15 (Leaflet). SDV320201.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 28.
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. 79.
SDV231163Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 196-7.
SDV231164Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1893. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, Part 2. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 25. Unknown. 541.
SDV231168Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1930. Proceedings at the Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 62. 33-4.
SDV231169Article in Serial: Lowe, H. J.. 1915-1920. The Dartmoor Antiquities and their Builders. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 2. 134-135.
SDV231218Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX57SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV231220Site Visit: Stephens, F. W.. 1990.
SDV231222Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. 133476. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
SDV231227Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1911. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. A5 Hardback. 52.
SDV231230Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1979. SF1510/174.
SDV231233Photograph: Gerrard, S.. 1994.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 173.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320201Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled. 15.
SDV320231Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments.
SDV320244Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 56NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94637 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 4.

Associated Monuments

MDV53396Related to: Fallen standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53398Related to: Possible stone row near standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53397Related to: Short stone row south of standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV3759Related to: Small Cairn near Standing Stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV4998Related to: Stone circle, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale
  • EDV4842 - Erosion repairs at Merrivale
  • EDV4846 - Erosion repairs at Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:42AM