HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV9509
Name:Possible cairn with cist east of Bridford


A mid-19th century account recorded a possible cairn and cist at this approximate location. So far, any attempts to locate this feature have failed, but Bridford has been noted to have once contained numerous cairns and barrows.


Grid Reference:SX 819 864
Map Sheet:SX88NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBridford
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX88NW4
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 447126
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88NW/32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Rowe, S., 1848, Perambulation of Dartmoor, 117 (Monograph). SDV154476.

'Heltor stands about a mile north of Bridford Church. Proceeding to that village and going along the road to Exeter about a quarter of a mile, we shall observe in a field on the right adjoining the lane a conglomeration of stones looking like the remains of a dilapidated cairn. In this heap of small stones, two tabular masses, appearing originally to have formed the side-stones of a large kistvaen, are placed in a parallel position'.

Worth, R. H., 1941, 60th Report on Barrows, 56 (Article in Serial). SDV302703.

In Aug 1939 search was made for this site. Only a stony patch was found at the point indicated by Rowe but no trace of the 'tabular masses'. Local residents were also consulted by Worth and no such recollection of any stones could be found. Results inconclusive.
However, from notes passed to Worth it appears that the Bridford neighbourhood was formerly rich in barrows and cairns, many destroyed by later enclosure and agricultural operations.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX88NW4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV302704.

(22/4/1953) Site not found. In view of Worth's search, it seems likely that this antiquity has been wholly destroyed.

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

Probable site of cairn said by Rowe to have contained stone cist or stone lined grave of two long sides each 6 feet long, 1.5 feet thick, and 3 feet above surface.

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154476Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1848. Perambulation of Dartmoor. 117.
SDV302703Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. 60th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. Photocopy. 56. [Mapped feature: #58025 ]
SDV302704Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX88NW4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 1 2021 2:27PM