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HER Number:MDV8278
Name:Standing stone on western side of Butterdon Down

Summary

Large standing stone and possible cairn on the western side of Butterdon Down. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 747 883
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Large prehistoric standing stone and possible cairn on the western side of Butterdon Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/48
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Cocks, J. V. S., 1968 - 1970, Standing stone, Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead, 225-6 (Article in Serial). SDV307072.

(SX 74808845). An upright stone, stands at the west edge of Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead, beside the public footpath, 600 yards from Cranbrook Farm. It is between six and seven feet high and of slightly curved slab shape.


Turner, J. R., 1980, Standing Stone (Site Visit). SDV307070.

Standing stone measuring over 2.0 meters in height located on the line of a public footpath at SX74778839. This stone may be standing on a cairn. Other details: Sketch.


Quinnell, N. V., 1981, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV307071.

At SX 74788839 there is a granite monolith, situated on the lower west slope of Butterdon Hill and within a field of a field system (SX 78 NE 23). It is 2.3 meters high, tapering from a trigged base measuring 1.0 meters by 0.8 meters. The local farmer (at Bowden) maintains that it is a rubbing stone and cattle clearly use it as such. Nevertheless, it seems far too massive to have been erected for that purpose (there are enough smaller stones in the vicinity) and it has the appearance of a prehistoric standing stone.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX78NW33 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346438.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Stone is visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Site Visit: Turner, J. R.. 1980. Standing Stone. Worksheet. Digital.
  • Site Visit: Quinnell, N. V.. 1981. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Cocks, J. V. S.. 1968 - 1970. Standing stone, Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 31. Unknown. 225-6.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108314 ]
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX78NW33. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:36AM