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HER Number:MDV9476
Name:Alleged cairnfield on Lower Lowton Down, Bridford


Worth (1941) records eight or more cairns scattered in enclosure within rough pasture or residual moorland on Lower Lowton Down. Although he notes finds including bronze, a stone hammer and a granite bowl, during the 1953 field visit by the Ordnance Survey no mounds approaching the description given above were found. A number of low stone heaps possibly related to land clearance were noted near defunct east-west footpath. The area is bracken and grass covered. Not visible on 1946 RAF aerial photographs.


Grid Reference:SX 813 874
Map Sheet:SX88NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBridford
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of a possible prehistoric cairnfield and an earthwork bank on Lower Lowton Down, Bridford

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX88NW5
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 447131
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88NW/7
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRNFIELD? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC? (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Constructed, Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD? (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1941, 60th Report on Barrows, 59 (Article in Serial). SDV302703.

Lower Lowton Down, Bridford. Rough pasture or residual moorland. Eight or more cairns scattered in enclosure. They do not appear to have been disturbed. Bronze was found in two of the cairns, also a stone hammer in another heap. Another cairn covered a granite bowl.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX88NW5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV294448.

Centred at SX 81308743. Residual moorland which has not been ploughed and in which, irregularly disposed are eight or more small cairns up to 16-18 feet in diameter. They do not appear to have been disturbed (OS recorder J. Rigg citing R. H. Worth, 1941, TDA vol 73, pg 59).
(23/04/1953) Alleged Bronze Age cairns. Centred at SX 81308743 No mounds approaching the description given above were encountered during field investigation. There are, however, a number of low stone heaps about 1.5m wide and 6.0m long and 0.2m high. These lie parallel to, and on the north side of, the now defunct east-west track, with which they were obviously connected. All the stones are small (fist-size) and appear to have been obtained by surface clearing. The area is bracken and grass covered.

Grinsell, L. V., 1983, The Barrows of South and East Devon, 30 (Article in Serial). SDV337013.

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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.

Ordnance Survey, 2022, Mastermap 2022 (Cartographic). SDV364674.

Land plot shown shown as woodland/scrub.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV294448Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX88NW5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV302703Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. 60th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. Photocopy. 59.
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.
SDV337013Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1983. The Barrows of South and East Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 30.
SDV364674Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2022. Mastermap 2022. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #109770 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV29044Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Christow (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8331 - Excavation of cairns at Lower Lowton Down (Ref: 636759)

Date Last Edited:Jul 12 2022 10:35AM