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HER Number:MDV8104
Name:Cairn on Haytor Down, Ilsington


Remains of a Prehistoric cairn sited near the Three Parishes Stone to the north-east of Smallacombe Rocks on Haytor Down


Grid Reference:SX 763 783
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age parallel reave system with three main east-west boundary works, an enclosure hut circles and cairns, a medieval enclosure, a pillow mound, an area of post-medieval tin pits and a post-medieval field system on Haytor Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/54
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 540/226/5107 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 23rd June 1949.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 5th October 1975. Stony patch, presumed cairn robbed for stone for boundary bank. Diameter 3.5 metres, height 0.1 metre. Vis=visible and recorded (rchm app 1985).

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

Visible on aerial photograph and recorded.

Newman, P., 1999, 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised), 6, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

A very flat and ruinous cairn sited near the Three Parishes Stone at SX76347831. Its position coincides with a reave which occupies the parish boundary and seems to respect the position of the cairn.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Small circular earthwork shown on northern boundary of the survey.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Shown as a 'Cairn' on modern mapping.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, 444990 (Website). SDV359354.

Remains of a cairn 0.4 metres high covered in grass and heather enclosing a core of stones.
Centred SX 7634 7831. A much flattened and despoiled cairn, sited 13 metres south-west of the Ilsington, Manaton, Bovey Tracey parish boundary stone. The cairn consist of a turf covered, low spread of small stones with a diameter of 8 metres by 0.2 metres high. The centre of the cairn shows signs of disturbance. The cairn was respected when the later east to west parallel reave was constructed, missing it by only a few metres, and the line of which was later to be adopted as the parish boundary.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 142.
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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 540/226/5107.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999, 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised). Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 6, Figure 2.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107828 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 444990.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV8106Related to: Cairn 884 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV8105Related to: Enclosure 910 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV127210Related to: Pool on Haytor Down (Monument)
MDV79704Related to: Possible ring cairn 970 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV26623Related to: Prehistoric Parallel Reave System east of Smallacombe Rocks (Monument)
MDV48849Related to: Ring cairn 800 meters west of Yarner Farm (Monument)
MDV41398Related to: Writenol Boundary Stone on Haytor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Jan 7 2020 11:26AM