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HER Number:MDV6001
Name:Standing stone south of Laughter Tor


Standing stone known as 'Laughter Man'. Positioned at the northern end of a stone row, it was re-erected in 1893, and again in 1911 by the Duchy of Cornwall. Roughly rectangular but tapering upwards. Apparently on a cobbled platform raised 0.3 metres above natural ground level.


Grid Reference:SX 652 753
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE28
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442476
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/26
  • Old SAM County Ref: 802
  • Old SAM Ref: 34459

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD)

Full description


Vis=est -/-/2002 (gerrard) standing stone 720m south west of laughter hole farm (mpp).

AM7, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230063.

Vis=6/5/1970 (ancient monuments) south of laughter tor stands the menhir known as 'laughter man'. Positioned at the n. End of a stone row, it was re-erected in 1893, and again in 1911 by the duchy of cornwall. Roughly rectangular but tapering upwards. Apparently on a cobbled platform raised 300mm above natural ground level (am7).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230064.

Burnard describes the re-erection of the stone.

OR RE-ERECTED, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230065.

Vis=17/7/1976 (grinsell) diameter 6.0m, height 0.2m. Standing stone possibly on site of cairn at higher end of double stone row. The standing stone was erected (or re-erected) there in 1893.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV230067.

Vis=standing stone made visible on 1977 nmr ap by erosion around it (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230070.

Worth, r. H. /tda/72(1940)197,pl.4/the dartmoor menhirs.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230071.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230072.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)151.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV230073.

Aph=nmr sx6575/1/365-385(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230074.

Burnard, r. /tda/46(1914)70-71/27th report of the scientific memoranda committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230075.

Hemery, e. /high dartmoor/(1983)488.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230076.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230077.

Des=gerrard, s. /(9/5/2002)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230078.

Des=ancient monuments/(30/9/2003)/as above.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Standing stone visible on the aerial photography.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1021047 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

The monument includes two double stone alignments, a cairn and standing stone situated on a south facing slope of Laughter Tor overlooking the valley of the East Dart River. The second stone alignment lies to the south of the standing stone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230063Report - Survey: AM7.
SDV230064Migrated Record:
SDV230065Report - Survey: OR RE-ERECTED.
SDV230067Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV230070Migrated Record:
SDV230071Migrated Record:
SDV230072Migrated Record:
SDV230073Aerial Photograph:
SDV230074Migrated Record:
SDV230075Migrated Record:
SDV230076Migrated Record:
SDV230077Migrated Record:
SDV230078Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1021047.

Associated Monuments

MDV66333Related to: Field system south-east of Laughter Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8634 - Brimpts Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 7 2022 11:08AM