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HER Number:MDV6211
Name:Cairn on Gidleigh Common, Gidleigh


Northern of a pair of cairns on the eastern edge of Gidleigh Common.Cairn measures 10 metres in diameter and roughly 0.7 metres in height. Central disturbance.


Grid Reference:SX 657 877
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE31
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 4433571
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/90
  • Old SAM Ref: 28702

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234397.

Two cairns; probably the two objects (kists?) shown by Crawford (1950).
(09/07/1974) Cairn at SX65758774, diameter 12.0 metres, height 0.5 metres. Turf-covered with signs of central disturbance. Surveyed at 1:2500.

Turner, J. L., 1976, Two simple forms of passage graves on Gidleigh Common (Un-published). SDV234398.

(Estimated 1976) Cairn situated 23 metres north-east of cairn at SX65748774. Diameter 10 metres height 0.7 metres. Has been disturbed.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 139 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited 27/3/1977) Cairn disturbed. Diameter 10 metres, and height 0.7 metres.

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

Visible and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149055, (6/2/1998) (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Northern of two round cairns 390 metres west-north-west of Scorhill Farm.
Round cairn diameter 12 metres, height 0.6 metres. A robbing pit south of centre is 2.5 metres long, 1.8 metres wide by 0.3 metres deep and is orientated at 120 degrees. Another on the east-south-east side is 2.5 metres by 1.0 metres by 0.3 metres deep and orientated at 200 degrees. Many stones protruding through turf. Relatively flat topped mound.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 195, 243, Map 38, Site 10 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Scorhill North '2' cairn at SX65748774 of 12.0 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high. The northern of two cairns which have been dug into and are now much spread with pitted surfaces.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1018908 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

The monument includes two round cairns aligned north-north-east to south-south-west and is situated on a gentle slope overlooking the valley of the North Teign River. The second cairn lies 13 metres to the north-east of the first and survives as a 12 metres diameter, flat topped circular mound standing up to 0.6 metres high. Both mounds have hollows cut into them suggesting partial early excavation or robbing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 195, 243, Map 38, Site 10.
SDV234397Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV234398Un-published: Turner, J. L.. 1976. Two simple forms of passage graves on Gidleigh Common. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 139.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149055, (6/2/1998).
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.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96944 ]
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1018908.

Associated Monuments

MDV6201Related to: Round cairn on Gidleigh Common, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2023 2:55PM