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HER Number:MDV6776
Name:Possible cairn on Winney's Down


Possible cairn but thought to have been the remains of a collapsed house similar to Stat's House a few metres to the north. Recent survey concluded the shelter had been constructed over the remains of the cairn.


Grid Reference:SX 621 824
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn on Winney's Down disturbed by the construction of a shelter in its centre

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/36
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • SHELTER (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=10/7/1976 (grinsell) cairn at winney's down. Diameter 9.0m, height 0.6m. Central hole contains slab doubtfully of a cist. Site shown on os 1,25000 map.

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

Vis=14/9/1951 (os) a heap of stones and slabs of granite covered with heather and turf. With longitudinal hollow running north to south. Mean diameter 10.0m, height 1.0m. The north end of west side of hollow has very straight side with pieces of granite showing in it and there are a number of flattened pieces of granite in the bottom of the hollow but no trace of a cist. Not certain that this is a burial cairn, it is possibly simply the heaped up rubble of a collapsed dry-stone walled sheep fold similar to the one standing immediately north of it.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242916.

Possible remains of cairn.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242919.

Not visible on 1947 raf ap (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242921.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242922.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)147.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242923.

Des=gerrard, s. /(-/-/2002)/mpp alternative action report.

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

The remains of a cairn on Winney's Down visible as a mound of 7.9 metres in diameter and 0.65 metres high. It has been disturbed by the construction of a shelter in its centre.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV242916Migrated Record:
SDV242919Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV242921Migrated Record:
SDV242922Migrated Record:
SDV242923Migrated Record:
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6763Related to: Peat pass on Winney's Down (Monument)
MDV7756Related to: Stat's House; ruined hut on Winney's Down (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:14PM