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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Drizzlecombe cairn 4 Alternative Name: Drizzlecombe W; Turner F24; Grinsell Sheepstor 28
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Lee Moor
Map Ref: SX5923867101
Latitude: 50.486766N  Longitude: 3.985589W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
2 Ambience:
2Not Good
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4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Anne T visited on 15th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Drizzlecombe Cairn 4: I took photographs of all three cairns in a row, then one at a time. My notes indicate this is Drizzlecombe Cairn 4. This is the most northerly of the three cairns at the head of rows 2 and 3, but this cairn does not have a row descending from it.

Drizzlecombe cairn 4
Drizzlecombe cairn 4 submitted by Bladup : Drizzlecombe cairn 4 in alignment with the tallest standing stone and the Giant's Basin cairn. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn with surrounding stone ring, making up part of the Drizzlecombe complex on southwestern Dartmoor in Devon

30 feet in diameter, with 9 small stones remaining.

Unlike its neighbours, this cairn has no row running downhill from it, although there is a small longstone at a position where a row was possibly intended to run to.

This cairn is recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438616 and also features on Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks - see their entries for the Drizzlecombe (W) Encircled Cairn and the Drizzlecombe Ceremonial Complex (Photos 1).

The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for this cairn; see MDV3329 (Cairn in the parish of Sheepstor).

Butler, in his“Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities”, volume 3, page 139, says: “Cairn 4 is in line with 2 and 3 and separated by a smaller interval to the north-west. There is no associated stone row but it has a more elaborate structure surrounded by at least two concentric rings of much smaller slabs, many of them buried. The outer ring (8.8m) stands well outside the mound, a second closely surrounds its base and there may well be others covered by the cairn. Worth suggested that a more symmetrical arrangement to the whole site may have been planned, although never completed, by erecting a row from this cairn towards the pillar obviously artificially set about 300m to the south-west. But this stone, barely a metre high and hidden in bracken during the summer, faces well to the south of the cairns, and if it had any ancient significance at all, it was probably as part of some structure now demolished, perhaps even a stone circle”.

The cairn is also scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1014145 (Three stone alignments, 15 cairns, a cist, a partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement and a small clapper bridge at Drizzle Combe).
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Drizzlecombe cairn 4
Drizzlecombe cairn 4 submitted by Anne T : A closer look at Drizzlecombe Cairn 4, which according to Butler has an outer ring of 8.8m which stands well outside its mound. Pastscape 438616 says: "Worth tentatively suggests that a stone row could have been intended between this cairn and the upright slab to the SE. (SX 56 NE 1888), but there are no traces of any stones to sustain this suggestion". (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe cairn 4
Drizzlecombe cairn 4 submitted by Anne T : If I haven't muddled up all my photographs of the day (and I tried to take careful note of the photo number/monument), then this is the northern most of the three cairns at the head of rows 2 and 3. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Drizzlecombe cairn 4
Drizzlecombe cairn 4 submitted by davep : The Drizzlecombe West Encircled Cairn (Butler Drizzlecombe Cairn 4, Turner F24). From Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks, site no. 224 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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SX5967 : Drizzlecombe Stone Row by Guy Wareham
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SX5966 : Drizzlecombe 2 prehistoric stone row by Sandy Gerrard
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SX5966 : Drizzle Combe stone row by Graham Horn
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SX5967 : Drizzlecombe 13 cairn and cist by Sandy Gerrard
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SX5967 : Drizzle Combe cist by Guy Wareham
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