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HER Number:MDV6008
Name:Ring cairn on Cator Common


Cairn located on highest point of hill west of Grendon Farm, measuring 12 metres in diameter, composed of small stones overgrown with gorse and heather. Disturbed on the eastern side.


Grid Reference:SX 680 783
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE45
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442493
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/31
  • Old SAM County Ref: 1007A

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF 540/483, 3041-3042 (Aerial Photograph). SDV262763.

English Heritage, 1969-1989, English Heritage Records Office SAM Record, Devon 1007 (Un-published). SDV349864.

Cairn A measures 12 feet in diameter, and 2 feet high, constructed of small stones overgrown with gorse and heather on unenclosed moorland. (1977)
Cairn on roughly the highest point of the hill above Grendon Farm in an area of rough grazing, with much gorse. It is close to the double banks enclosing the remnants of a windbreak. Irregular stony cairn, partly turf-covered and with a lot of gorse. It is especially disturbed on the eastern side. Diameter 12 metres, height 0.7 metres. The central area is almost at ground level and it could be a ring cairn. (1984)
Some small stones had been loosened and pulled about near the north-east edge of the cairn over an area of about 0.4 by 0.5 by 0.2 metres deep. These were replaced and the turf trodden down. (1987?)
Undistubred. (1989)

Greeves, T. A. P., 1977, Ring cairn west of Grendon Farm, Widecombe, (4/4/1977) (Worksheet). SDV288737.

Ring cairn situated on 366 metre contour at practically the highest point of the hill, i.e.: a very likely site for a barrow. Has been partly disturbed, especially on east side where stones have probably been removed for modern walls. Possible traces of inner circle of stones. Found by Miss Kate Ashbrook.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 176 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(6/6/1977) Following Miss Kate Ashbrook by whom found. Mutilated cairn with broken up interior. Diameter 11.0 metres, height 0.3 metres, cairn is on hill west of Grendon Farm.

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

Not visible though a dark vegetation mark on Royal Air Force 1951 aerial photograph within the area may be this cairn.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Cairn visible on aerial photograph.

National Monument Record, 2013, Pastscape (Website). SDV351440.

(4/5/1977) Cairn, 12 feet diameter and 2 feet high; composed of small stones overgrown with gorse and heather on unenclosed moorland (Citing Department of Environment Inspector of Ancient Monuments visit).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV262763Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF 540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3041-3042.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 176.
SDV288737Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1977. Ring cairn west of Grendon Farm, Widecombe. Worksheet. Digital. (4/4/1977).
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.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #96523 ]
SDV349864Un-published: English Heritage. 1969-1989. English Heritage Records Office SAM Record. English Heritage. A4 Spiral Bound. Devon 1007.
SDV351440Website: National Monument Record. 2013. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5978Related to: Cairn on Cator Common (Monument)
MDV104812Related to: Plantation at Grendon Farm and Cator Common, Widecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2022 2:28PM