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HER Number:MDV53396
Name:Fallen standing stone, Merrivale

Summary

Recumbent granite post 2.2 metres long and 0.4 metres wide lies some 12.3 metres to the east of the standing stone at Merrivale, seemingly adjacent to its former post hole. The original relationship between the stones is unknown. Isolated standing stones are rare on Dartmoor and pairs even more so.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/24/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 334
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24194

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

Other details: Part 2.

Stephens, F. W., 1900, Sketch (Plan - sketch). SDV219154.

Other details: Note.

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

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

Lowe, H. J., 1915-1920, The Dartmoor Antiquities and their Builders, 134-5 (Article in Serial). SDV231169.

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). SDV231170.

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

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.

Worth, R. H., 1981, Dartmoor, 269 (Monograph). SDV231173.

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

Gerrard, S., 1994, 133478 (Site Visit). SDV231162.

Recumbent stone lies 2.0 meters east of a round cairn at Merrivale. The recumbent granite slab measures 2.0 meters by 0.3 meters by 0.25 meters thick. This stone was re erected by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1895 but fell to the ground during the early part of the 20th century.

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

Recumbent stone, measuring 2 meters in length lying near to cairn to the east of the main standing stone at Merrivale. There is no evidence that this stone ever stood upright, although it was erected in 1895 but fell subsequently.

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

Recumbent granite post 2.2 metres long and 0.4 metres wide lies some 12.3 metres to the east of the standing stone at Merrivale, seemingly adjacent to its former post hole. The original relationship between the stones is unknown. Isolated standing stones are rare on Dartmoor and pairs even more so.

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

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

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, MER-20 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 2/10/2019. Recumbent stone surrounded by grass with reeds in depression on west side of stone. Overall condition very good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, MER-20 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 300° showing grass cover and reeds in depression on W side of stone.

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.
SDV219154Plan - sketch: Stephens, F. W.. 1900. Sketch. Digital.
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.
SDV231162Site Visit: Gerrard, S.. 1994. 133478. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset..
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. 134-5.
SDV231170Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1979. SF1510/174.
SDV231173Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1981. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. 269.
SDV231218Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX57SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV231227Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1911. Address of the President. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. A5 Hardback. 52.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 173.
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.
SDV320201Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled.
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: #94638 ]
SDV344969Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 4.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-20.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. MER-20.

Associated Monuments

MDV3759Part of: Small Cairn near Standing Stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV3759Related to: Small Cairn near 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)
MDV3759Part of: Small Cairn near Standing Stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV3759Related to: Small Cairn near Standing Stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV53395Related to: Standing stone, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV4998Related to: Stone circle, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4830 - Survey of guardianship area, Merrivale

Date Last Edited:Oct 18 2019 2:45PM