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HER Number:MDV6771
Name:Oval enclosure in Great Stannon Newtake


About 617 metres south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles is a small circular pound measuring 23 metres north-south, and 20 metres east-west.


Grid Reference:SX 641 826
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/31
  • Old SAM Ref: 28680.6
  • Pastscape: 443925

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=9/9/1997 (gerrard, s. ) at sx64168265. A ring cairn 530m sse of the grey wethers stone circles (mpp).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Vis=turner identifies this site as a ring cairn. Stone ring 21.5m internal diam with bank 2.3m wide and 0.3m high. Modern entrance (turner).

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

The peat-covered interior which has been levelled into the slope is stone-free except for the large recumbent partially buried slab near the entrance. It is 2.7m long, 0.7m wide and now 0.2m thick above ground level; its function if any, is not obvious. It is not a ring cairn as suggested by fleming. The distance of the pound from the centre of "the grey wethers stone circles" is 557m not 320m (350 yards) as given by baring-gould although he is describing this pound and not the second enclosure - which is 320m se of the circles (fletcher).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=19/6/1950 (os) above description accurate except walling has collapsed and is now only about 0.4m in height (os).

DARTMOOR EXPLORATION COMMITTEE, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV242854.

Vis=estimated -/-/1901 (dartmoor exploration committee) about 617m south east of grey wethers is a small circular pound measuring 22.86m n-s, and 20.12m e-w, with bank 0.914m high, 1.829m wide.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242856.

Appears as a vegetation mark on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV242858.

Vis=2/7/1990 (rchme) centred sx64168265. This sub-circular prehistoric pound is situated on the lower w-facing slopes of white ridge and just off the crest of a slight rise at 458. Od. Very little surface stone is visible on the hillslope which is covered by a deep peat layer.

ALTHOUGH IT IS 0.9M HIGH ON THE EXTERNAL W (LOWER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242859.

It measures 22.7m by 20.1m internally within a turf-covered boulder/stone and soil bank which is about 2.8m wide and on average 0.5m high (although it is 0.9m high on the external w (lower) side). The entrance, identified by baring-gould, on the w side is 1.1m wide; the leaning granite slab is 1.2m long by 0.7m by 0.3m at its base. Two breaks in the bank on the n and s sides respectively each 3.6m wide may be excavation pits.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242863.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242864.

Gould, s. B. /tda/34(1902)164/8th report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV242865.

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

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV242866.

Aph=nmr sx6482/1/241-242(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242867.

Fleming, a. /the dartmoor reaves/(1988)38.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242868.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)66/a5.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242869.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242870.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242871.

Des=gerrard, s. /(9/9/1997)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242872.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/2(1991)165-6.

Baring Gould, S., 1902, 8th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 164 (Article in Serial). SDV215645.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV215645Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1902. 8th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. Digital. 164.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV242856Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV242858Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV242863Migrated Record:
SDV242864Migrated Record:
SDV242865Aerial Photograph:
SDV242866Aerial Photograph:
SDV242867Migrated Record:
SDV242868Migrated Record:
SDV242869Migrated Record:
SDV242870Migrated Record:
SDV242871Migrated Record:
SDV242872Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV6576Related to: Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat (Monument)
MDV20908Related to: Cairn in Great Stannon Newtake (Monument)
MDV6777Related to: Hut circle settlement 730 metres south-east of Sittaford Tor (Monument)
MDV27294Related to: Reave 290 metres south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8528 - Cairn south-east of Greywethers investigated

Date Last Edited:Feb 5 2021 12:45PM