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HER Number:MDV8231
Name:Meacombe burial chamber, Chagford

Summary - not yet available


Grid Reference:SX 724 869
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/10
  • Old SAM County Ref: 723

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAMBERED TOMB (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV259999.

There is a burial chamber at meacombe, chagford. Vis=-/5/1969 (ancient monuments) free standing burial chamber. North and south ends are open, and the chamber is built against a north facing slope. The side stones still support the cover forming a trilithon. Robbed. There is no cairn, barrow, or retaining circle traceable. The chamber is surrounded by a scatter of loose moor stones in rough pasture. Worth classed this as a cist, owing to its small size. But it is built "above" ground and therefore should be classed as a chamber tomb, cf broadsands. This is presumably a late example. Vis=21/3/1953(os) worth's description is correct. Vis=29/12/1978(ancient monuments) the monument is undisturbed and stands in a small area of unfenced rough moorland surrounded by improved pasture which is itself enclosed. The owner confirmed that the area is used as permanent pasture. Grazing animals have access to the immediate area of the stones. Although there is some treading down and loss of grass, there appears to be no damage to the monument which stands clear and in good condition. Vis=-/4/1973 (grinsell, l. V. ). Placed se/nw. No measurements given. Siting, ridge. Vis=17/3/1982 (robinson). Doe field monument warden visit. Vis=visible and recorded (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260000.

Worth, r. H. /tda/62(1930)121-122/photographs/report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260001.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)162/stray notes on the teign valley.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260002.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260003.

Birkett-dixon, c. /tda/84(1952)249-253/17th report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260004.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)132.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260005.

Hughes, g. W. G. /dcnq/25(1952-1953)175/meacombe, moretonhampstead.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260006.

Des=plan by m. Lawson (1982) in drewsteignton parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV260007.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1995 1353(13/4/1947).

English Heritage, 1969-1989, English Heritage Records Office SAM Record, SAM: 10627 (Un-published). SDV349864.

A free-standing burial chamber. Two uprights support a capstone. 1.37 meters by 1.1 meters by 0.8 meters thick. The north and south enclosures are open and the chamber is built into a north-facing slope. Internal measurements 1.1 meters long, 0.75 meters high, 0.6 meters wide. Surrounded by a scatter of loose moor-stones in rough pasture. (Scheduling text 1969)
The monument is undisturbed and stands in a small area of unfenced rough moorland surrounded by an improved pasture which is itself unenclosed. The capstone is considerably thicker than described. It varies from c. 0.4 – 0.6 meters. (Field Monument Warden visit 04/01/1979)
The site lies on a north-west facing slope and the chamber although free-standing and above ground backs onto the slope. Two uprights support a massive capstone which is almost cubic in appearance, measuring 1.2 meters by 1.2 meters and 0.5 -0.7 meters in thickness. The uprights are set to give a long narrow chamber about 1.0 meter long and 0.56 meters wide, 0.7 meters deep, with both end stones missing. The south-west stone leans inwardly slightly giving a width of 0.45 meters immediately under the capstone.
The chamber is orientated north-west by south-east. The individual side stones are 1.0 meters long on the south-west side and 1.2 meters long on the north-east side, 0.3- 0.4 meters thick. The capstone lies horizontally on them and is supported nearly at its edges. The chamber stands in a rough area of field with some larger stones and rock outcrops; there are also many small stones probably resulting from field clearance elsewhere, but nothing resembling a cairn or retaining circle. Other zones of the field are cleared and reclaimed. (Field Monument Warden visit 17/03/1982)
No change. Gorse is growing as close as 0.5 meters from the cist on the north side and 2.0 -3.0 meters elsewhere. One root growing among the stones of the chamber has been cut and treated. (Field Monument Warden visit 10/12/1984)
Field in which the site lies has been cleared and re-seeded with grass leaving the site in an island of rough grass with gorse and bracken. At south-west end of this island and c. 30 meters from the stones of the chamber is a large dump of cleared stone. Site itself is undisturbed. Gorse in the vicinity has not yet been cut. (Field Monument Warden visit 11/10/1985)
Site stands in an area of permanent grass reserved in a re-seeded field. Gorse in the vicinity of the chamber has been cut.
A silage rack has been placed c. 15 meters south of the burial chamber. Was heavy treading round the rack and a track had been trodden by cattle leading north from the rack passing close by the east side of the stones of the chamber. (Field Monument Warden visit 30/10/1986)
Erosion round the base of the stones is slightly worse than on previous visit.
The feeding rack has been removed and the area where is stood is bare earth in process of being re-seeded. The site is otherwise undisturbed and the grass fairly short. (Field Monument Warden visit 14/07/1987)
No change. (Field Monument Warden visit 12/07/1988)
Grass cover around the monument is satisfactory except that cattle have trodden a small path close round the stones. No feeding rack was placed in the area last winter. (Field Monument Warden visit 14/07/1988)
Field under grass. The eroded areas round the base of the stones of the chamber are beginning to green over. (Field Monument Warden visit 14/04/1989)

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Map object is based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV259999Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV260000Migrated Record:
SDV260001Migrated Record:
SDV260002Migrated Record:
SDV260003Migrated Record:
SDV260004Migrated Record:
SDV260005Migrated Record:
SDV260006Migrated Record:
SDV260007Aerial Photograph:
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV349864Un-published: English Heritage. 1969-1989. English Heritage Records Office SAM Record. English Heritage. A4 Spiral Bound. SAM: 10627.

Associated Monuments

MDV102525Related to: Middle Bronze Age pit near Meacombe Burial Chamber, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 3 2012 3:41PM