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HER Number:MDV6385
Name:Cairn north of Corndon Tor


Large stone cairn; one of a pair approximately 530 meters north of Corndon Tor. This (the eastern of the pair) measures around 21 meters in diameter and have been much disturbed.


Grid Reference:SX 686 747
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste
  • Scheduled Monument 1003290: Cairns N of Corndon Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442864
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/9
  • Old SAM County Ref: 531
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1943, 66th Report on Barrows, 53 (Article in Serial). SDV16898.

One of two cairns on the north of Corndon Tor. The cairns on Corndon Tor were rifled before 1827 when "an old jar or two" was found. Other details: Report on Barrows.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4418-4419 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX67SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV307429.

Other details: Plan.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 164 (Monograph). SDV231148.

A cairn, height 2.4 meters, diameter 45.0 meters. Other details: Figure.

Department of Environment, 1964, Cairns north of Corndon Tor (Schedule Document). SDV346975.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 177 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 18/6/1972) Cairn, badly mutilated, diameter 26.0 meters, height 2.1 meters.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 984 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Other details: Volume 5.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Easterly of the two cairns on the lesser summit of Corndon Tor, this stone measures 26.0 meters in diameter, height 2.0 meters and is slightly turf-covered at the edges. Deep hollow centre and generally disturbed. A reave, part of the Dartmeet parallel system, just touches the western side, running north-east to south-west.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Large cairn visible on Royal Air Force 1947 and National Monuments Record 1980 aerial photographs.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/EN, 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346962.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 131 (Monograph). SDV299725.

North of Corndon Tor there is a second pair of large cairns, with a well-marked reave running between the two. The eastern cairn measures 21.0 meters in diameter, 2.5 meters in height. Other details: Map 15, 5.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Map object based on this Source.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

National Monuments Record, 23/04/1980, SF1748, 360-373 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279663.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV16898Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. 66th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. Hardback Volume. 53.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 164.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 177.
SDV279663Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 23/04/1980. SF1748. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 360-373.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4418-4419.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 131.
SDV307429Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX67SE3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 984.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346962Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/EN. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4.
SDV346975Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1964. Cairns north of Corndon Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Unbound.

Associated Monuments

MDV6386Related to: Cairn north of Corndon Tor (Monument)
MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2015 9:34AM