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HER Number:MDV5653
Name:The Longstone on the Butterdon Stone Row, Harford

Summary

Recumbent block of coarse-grained granite, thought to represent the northern end stone of the Butterdon Stone row. It is now 2.5m long and of rough rectangular section tapering from a base formerly about 0.4m. by 0.7m. which has been squared and snapped by drilling. The stone lies in a north-west to southeast direction. To its north-east side there is a boundary stone erected in 1803 and shaped by drilling.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 607
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 SE 50
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/2
  • Pastscape: 441919

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1941, Dartmoor: 1788 - 1808, 203 (Article in Serial). SDV160667.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 287 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

At Piles Hill, 244m north of Hobajohn's Cross lies a fallen menhir. Measures 2.56m long, at base 0.45m by 0.68m, at top 0.28m by 0.13m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SE50 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142488.

(12/04/1950) SX 6543 6074 Standing stone - longstone. A large stone lies side by side with the boundary stone on the line of the supposed continuation of a stone row. It may be the former terminal of this row. Worth's dimensions and location from 1946 are confirmed.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 205, 269 (Monograph). SDV337618.

This recumbent longstone lies on the Ugborough-Harford boundary. A boundary stone of the 1803 period has been erected beside it. The stone is now thought to be the end of the Butterdon Hill stone row.

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

Lies on the parish boundary and an early 19th century boundary stone has been erected beside it. Now considered to the northern end stone of the Butterdon Stone row. Cites Worth's measurements (1941, 1967).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SE50, photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142489.

(19/07/1977) The 'Longstone' (the name is in local use) is a block of very coarse-grained pinkish granite. It is now 2.5m long and of rough rectangular section tapering from a base formerly about 0.4m. by 0.7m. which has been squared and snapped by drilling. The stone lies in a north-west to southeast direction. To its north-east side there is a boundary stone erected in 1803 (d) and shaped by drilling.
It is of identical stone and appears to have been fashioned from the 'Longstone' which would therefore have originally been some 4.5m long. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.

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

Not recorded in project.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 24-27, Map 53, Figures 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

The longstone on Piles Hill at 2.25 metres high was re-erected at a slight angle to the alignment and is the terminal pillar marking the end of the row.

Perrin, R., 2016, Ugborough Parish Heritage Appraisal Second Edition, UG 572 (Report - Assessment). SDV360390.

SX 6544 6074. As above.

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

'Longstone (recumbent)' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV142488Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SE50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV142489Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SE50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. photograph.
SDV160667Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. Dartmoor: 1788 - 1808. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. Unknown. 203.
SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 287.
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.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 205, 269.
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. 24-27, Map 53, Figures 53.7.
SDV360390Report - Assessment: Perrin, R.. 2016. Ugborough Parish Heritage Appraisal Second Edition. Ugborough Local History Group. A4 Bound. UG 572.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #35803 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV128959Related to: Boundary stone at northern end of Butterdon Hill stone row, Harford (Monument)
MDV129894Related to: Boundary stone to the south of Hobajon's Cross within Butterdon Hill stone row, Harford (Monument)
MDV129893Related to: Boundary stone within Butterdon Hill stone row to the south of Piles Hill , Harford (Monument)
MDV2988Related to: Butterdon Hill Stone Row, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 3 2021 11:20AM