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HER Number:MDV5974
Name:Site of a cist at Beardown Farm


Documentary sources record a cist here that was investigated in 1832 and contained a pot sherd. No subsequent sources have located it and it is believed to have been long destroyed.


Grid Reference:SX 604 754
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/100

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=18/7/1976 (grinsell) area visited - informed by occupants of bearsdon farm that others had failed to find the cist. Bray explored it in 1832 and found a coarse potsherd, reddish externally and deep brown internally. The site is believed to have been destroyed many years ago.

OS, CITING BRAY, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249227.

The remains of a cist surrounded by a rough pavement was examined by mr. Bray in september 1832 "two or three minutes walk ne of bearsdown house".3 stones of a 1.3m long cist stood 80mm above ground level. A small piece of coarse pottery was found inside (os, citing bray).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249229.

There are no photos available of this area (rchm app 1985).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV249230.

Vis=11/12/1979 (os) no cist could be found in the pasture fields ne of beardown farm, formerly beardown house, and the present owners have no knowledge of the cist (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249231.

Burnard, r. /tda/22(1890)201/notes on dartmoor kistvaens.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249232.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249233.

Bray, e. /borders of tamar and tavy/1(1838)343-4.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249234.

Burnard, r.(1895) dartmoor kistvaens. Reliquary 3s. P.161-2.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249235.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)148.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249236.

Bray, e.(1879) the borders of the tamar and the tavy. Vol. I. P.343-4.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV249237.


Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV249227Migrated Record: OS, CITING BRAY.
SDV249229Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV249230Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV249231Migrated Record:
SDV249232Migrated Record:
SDV249233Migrated Record:
SDV249234Migrated Record:
SDV249235Migrated Record:
SDV249236Migrated Record:
SDV249237Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV50894Related to: Beardown Farm, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5879 - SHERD (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 19 2015 4:05PM