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HER Number:MDV6754
Name:Pound 320 metres south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles


About 320m south east of grey wethers is a small circular pound. The bank forming the enclosure is composed of small stones and earth. The entrance is on the west side with one door jamb still standing. Excavated and flat stone found resting on subsoil, 2.7m long, 900mm to 1.2m wide. Trial pits were sunk within the enclosure, but nothing was found (baring gould).


Grid Reference:SX 640 828
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/14
  • Old SAM Ref: 28680.4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

An elongated mound 18m to the sw measured 7.5m by 4.5m and 0.4m high. Its origin and function are not evident but it is probably part of the enclosure. This pound is almost certainly of prehistoric origin and it is not a henge monument (fletcher).

N, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV23752.

It is cut into two by the whitehorse leat an eroded channel up to 5.3m wide and 1.1m deep. Situated in a marshy area, its interior is heavily silted, the s + w sides are almost completely submerged and there is a pronounced peat build-up against the upper (n) side. It measures 39m n-s by 53.5m internally with a turf-covered bank at best 3.9m wide and 0.5m high. Where exposed in the leat cutting, however, the bank constructed of roughly piled boulders and stones with some facing boulders is a maximum 4.5m wide and 1.2m high. There is no evidence of an outer ditch. On the e is a gap, c.8.3m wide flanked by a stony mound on each side. It could either be an entrance or the result of mutilation. One of the turf-covered mounds measures 5m by 3.8m, and has been dug into and spread.

TURNER 1984, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV243958.

Vis=turner (1984) suggests that this represents a class ii henge which fell into disuse in prehistory, possibly due to a rise in the water table, when its ceremonial function passed to the grey withers stone circles further up the hill. Further deterioration of the site has been caused by tinning activity and the construction of the white horse leat, causing further erosion. Dimensions 40m by 48m, with bank up to 0.6m high and c 3m wide (turner 1984).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243959.

Only just visible on 1947 raf ap and cut by white horse leat (rchm app 1985).

CLARE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243960.

Clare includes this site in gazetteer of henge monuments (clare).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV243961.

Vis=2/7/1990 (rchme) centred sx64008288. This oval pound is situated on a gently sloping s-facing valley side below the crest of a saddle at 466m od. The area is covered by a deep layer of peat and moorland pasture with scattered surface stone.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243966.

Baring-gould, s. /tda/34(1902)164/8th report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243967.

Osa=sx68sw2. (19/06/1950 (os) remains of a small oval pound consisting of small isolated stones. There is a large gap on its eastern perimeter probably due to mutilation.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV243968.

Aph=raf cpe/uk/1995 3365-6 13 april 1947.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243969.

Des=turner, j. R. /survey drawing in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV243970.

Aph=raf cpe/uk 2149/4308-9(11/6/1947).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243971.

Turner, j. /pdas/42(1984)103-6.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243972.

Clare, t. /pps/52(1986)281-316/towards a reappraisal of henge monuments.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243973.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)58,60/ring cairns, stone circles and related monuments on dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV243974.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(2/7/1990)/rchme field investigation.

IN PARISH FILE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV245918.

Vis=-/-/1981 (turner) this feature is tentatively interpreted as a henge. Measured survey drawn (in parish file).

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144196 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(09/09/1997) An oval enclosure 230m south-south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles. (09/09/1997) Measures 53.5m by 39m. Oval. Wall 4.5m wide, 1.2m high. May be a henge type monument.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV23752Migrated Record: N.
SDV243958Report - Survey: TURNER 1984.
SDV243959Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV243960Migrated Record: CLARE.
SDV243961Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV243966Migrated Record:
SDV243967Migrated Record:
SDV243968Aerial Photograph:
SDV243969Migrated Record:
SDV243970Aerial Photograph:
SDV243971Migrated Record:
SDV243972Migrated Record:
SDV243973Migrated Record:
SDV243974Migrated Record:
SDV245918Migrated Record: IN PARISH FILE.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144196.

Associated Monuments

MDV20908Related to: Cairn in Great Stannon Newtake (Monument)
MDV6758Related to: The Grey Wethers Northern Stone Circle (Monument)
MDV6759Related to: The Grey Wethers southern stone circle (Monument)
MDV27295Related to: The Whitehorse Leat, Sittaford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 1 2020 8:43AM