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


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.


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

Protected Status

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

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX78NW33
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445554
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STANDING STONE (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC (Between) 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, oretonhampstead, 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.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1981, SX78NW33 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346438.

(19/11/1981) 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 metres high, tapering from a trigged base measuring 1.0 metres by 0.8 metres. 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.
Surveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D.

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

SDV307070Site Visit: Turner, J. R.. 1980. Standing Stone. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV307072Article in Serial: Cocks, J. V. S.. 1968 - 1970. Standing stone, Butterdon Down, Moretonhampstead. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 31. Unknown. 225-6.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108314 ]
SDV346438Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1981. SX78NW33. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 31 2022 2:57PM