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HER Number:MDV6386
Name:Cairn north of Corndon Tor

Summary

Large stone cairn; one of a pair approximately 530m north of Corndon Tor. A mound of loose stone over 2m high in places. Upper surface extensively disturbed and undulating caused by interference, including recent shelter building.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 685 747
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument 1003290: Cairns N of Corndon Tor
  • 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

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE3
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442864
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 531

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1943, 62nd report on barrows, 53 (Article in Serial). SDV165840.

A. A cairn; height 12 ft 6 ins, diameter 120 ft.
B. A cairn; height 6 ft 6 ins (uphill side) and 12 ft 6 ins downhill side), diameter 66 ft.

Worth, R. H., 1947, 66th Report of the Barrow Committee, 53 (Article in Serial). SDV16898.

Other details: Report on Barrows.

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

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

A cairn, height 1.98 metres (uphill side), 3.8 metres (downhill side), diameter 20.12 metres.

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

One of two cairns north of Corndon Tor.

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

(Site visited 18/6/1972). Cairn, mutilated in centre. Diameter 26.0 metres, height 2.7 metres.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 986 (Vol 5) (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV307429.

(02/06/1980) On top of Corndon Down at 423m OD are the remains of two large cairns both in fair condition. They are situated on outcropping rock and constructed of large stones, but are now much spread by mutilation (see ground photographs and plan).
'A' measures 28.0m in diameter, 1.9m high on its upper side and 3.1m on its lower side.
'B' measures 27.0m in diameter, is 2.9m high on its lower side and 1.9m on its upper side. There is a central excavation 2.0m by 3.0m and 1.2m deep, retained by coursed drystone walling formed from the cairn material.
Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

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

Stone cairn, one of two on a lesser summit to the north of Corndon Tor, diameter 26.0 metres, height 2.5. A cross reave, part of the Dartmeet parallel system, skims the north side.

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

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

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

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 131, Map 15, 5 (Monograph). SDV299725.

A second large cairn near PRN 6385.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor, Site 43 (Un-published). SDV345444.

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

Newman, P., 2008, Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV347061.

(14/03/2008) The remains of two large stony cairns on the northern summit of Corndon Tor spaced approximately 104m apart. Both have slightly oval footprints and have a maximum diameter of 28.5m.
The western cairn (SX 6857 7472). A mound of loose stone over 2m high in places. Upper surface extensively disturbed and undulating caused by interference, including recent shelter building.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165840Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. 62nd report on barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. Paperback Volume. 53.
SDV16898Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1947. 66th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. Paperback 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. 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, Map 15, 5.
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.
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. 986 (Vol 5).
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. Site 43.
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.
SDV347061Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6385Related to: Cairn north of Corndon Tor (Monument)
MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8296 - Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2022 2:51PM