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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Lakehead Hill E Alternative Name: Lakehead Hill 4; Grinsell Lydford 54; Turner D6; Dixon 68
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Row / Alignment
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Postbridge
Map Ref: SX6449577603  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.582398N  Longitude: 3.91535W
Condition:
5Perfect
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
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
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
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
5

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Catrinm visited on 12th Feb 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Catrinm visited on 12th Feb 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

TheCaptain visited on 18th Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3 Carry on northwards and then left in the scrubby gap between the forest trees to what the OS mark as "Cairn Circle & Cist". A path leads on westwards and then there it is, the coverstar of the Lakehead Hill sites. A short stone row leads westwards to a large rectangular box structure, all in a very nicely tended open area. I suspect this has all been "restored", but it does look very pretty in the afternoon sunshine. These days eleven stones make the row leading westwards to the cist, with a kink in the middle. The cist is a large box structure, much bigger than most of the cists on Dartmoor, and I think could be considered more of a burial chamber. This is partially surrounded by a circle of half a dozen small stones, although this has probably not been reconstructed very accurately. I like it.

graemefield visited on 3rd Aug 2008 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 2

AngieLake cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.75 Ambience: 4.25 Access: 3.25

Lakehead Hill E
Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : Stone row, stone circle and big cist, I never told my wife our weekend away was just so I could come here, don't think she would've been dead impressed. (Vote or comment on this photo)
A short stone row leads up a circle of stones surrounding a covered kist. The row has suffered the fate of being excavated and 'restored' in 1895 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, so many of the features seen today are unlikely to have been original. Yet the kink in the row as it approaches the circle is similar to many other rows on the moors. There were no finds recovered.

Update November 2019: The Lakehead Hill E stone row is featured on the Stone Rows of Britain website. Their entry includes a description, a plan of the row and its associated cairn, photographs of the alignment and its large cist, access information and a list of online resources for more information.

The row and its cairn are also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 442599 and as MDV5873 (Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. The site is also scheduled as part of Historic England List Entry No. 1018510 (Five cairns, two stone alignments and three cists, forming part of a ritual complex on Lakehead Hill).

The row is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entries for the Lakehead Hill 4 (E of Summit) Stone Row and the Lakehead Hill Cairn Circles, Cists and Settlements. PDW also includes a separate page for the Lakehead Hill 4 (E or Summit) Ring Setting Cairn and Cist, which is also known as Grinsell's Lydford 54, Turner's D6, Dixon's #68 and Butlers Lakehead Hill (Cairn 4, V2 27.19.4). PDW tells us: "(This is) a single stone row of at least 11 stones leading westward towards the cairn and cist. The cairn measures 6.7 metres in diameter and is defined by several edge set stones, which in turn surround a large restored cist formed by five substantial upright slabs supporting a capstone measuring 2.2 metre long by 1.55 metres wide and 0.3 metres thick".
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Lakehead Hill E submitted by cazzyjane : A lovely site but difficult to see the curving stone row behind due to the fog! (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : Lakehead Hill in Spring 07. (View to SE?) (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : A very good central cist, well worth the three hundred mile trip, not sure wife would agree. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : Lakehead Hill and in the distance, the long ridge of Hameldown, with its many barrows. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain : A look round the Lakehead Hill 4 cist and row. The short stone row leads westwards to a large rectangular box structure, all in a very nicely tended open area, and it does look very pretty in the afternoon sunshine. I like it. (1 comment)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain (1 comment)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : Blue skies and fluffy white clouds, good stones.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : Alignment through the centre here: from the pine cone on the capstone, to the fence post, and the highest part of Hameldown's ridge was 68 degs.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by Bladup : Lakehead Hill E.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : Definitely a place to linger.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : Cist and circle

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : Because the two nearest stones were like portals I crouched down to take this shot, trying to see the horizon behind the trees. I made a note of the bearing as '120 degs', where there could be a dip in the distant hills.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : The kist looks really 'boxy' at this angle.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by AngieLake : Looking approx East along the row.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by ernar : Close shot of the covered Kist in Lakehead Hill E. (1 comment)

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by Bladup : Lakehead Hill

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain : A look round the Lakehead Hill 4 cist and row. The short stone row leads westwards to a large rectangular box structure, all in a very nicely tended open area, and it does look very pretty in the afternoon sunshine. I like it.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by TheCaptain

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by Bladup : Lakehead Hill E.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by Bladup

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : No this is the central cist.

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Lakehead Hill E submitted by postman : The central cist

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Re: Lakehead Hill East, or Butler's 'Lakehead Hill 4'. by davep on Wednesday, 13 July 2011
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There are numerous sites in close proximity on Lakehead Hill. These are covered in detail in Butler's Atlas of Antiquities Vol 2. Map 27 Site 19 (see pp. 48-52). The stone row, cist and cairn circle (Butler no.4) is marked with a Dartmoor National Park posts 14A & 15A. The precise location on Streetmap UK is SX64537760
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Re: Lakehead Hill East, or Butler's 'Lakehead Hill 4'. by AngieLake on Tuesday, 08 December 2009
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If you want to use an alternate name for this site on Lakehead Hill, Butler calls it no. 4. 'Cairn, Cist and Stone Row'.

In his description, he says:
"A muddy track.. [suppose it can be sometimes, but it isn't surrounded by forest these days] .. leads through the plantation to the circle, cist and stone row 4 (fig. 27.13.4) [ref to diagram in his book, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, Vol 2 - The North'].
The row runs downhill from the cist of five slabs topped with a massive capstone and surrounded by a retaining circle of which six stones remain. The cairn material had been entirely removed long before the Dartmoor Exploration Committee re-erected the cist and many of the stones in 1895. The restoration was probably inaccurate and at least one of the circle stones seems to have been misplaced outwards giving the impression that the row starts from within the circumference. The smaller circle shown on the plan best fits the majority of stones (diam. 6.7m) but places the cist well off-centre. In addition to the 11 stones of the row the sockets of two more were uncovered in 1895 but these are no longer visible. An exceptional feature is the marked alteration of course northwards after the fifth stone. Rather surprisingly, although the Committee's description of the cist as 'perfect' must be taken as an exaggeration considering all the stones were flat when found, there was no mention of any artefacts being recovered during the restoration."
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Re: Lakehead Hill 'Metropolis of the Moor' by AngieLake on Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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In Butler's 'Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities - Vol.5 - The Second Millennium BC', he writes about this area:

"The consequences ... [of the forestry plantations] ... in the Lakehead Hill/Bellever/Laughter Tor region are, if anything, even more catastrophic to what could once genuinely be claimed as a site of national importance. Labelled the 'ancient metropolis of the Moor' with good reason, these hills were once crowned with numerous burial cairns and stone alignments, and were surrounded on all sides by a multitude of settlements. The early, rather imprecise, surveys are confused and many settlement sites represented now by isolated hut circles or stray banks disappearing into the trees were not documented at all."
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Re: Lakehead Hill E by AngieLake on Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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In 'Guide to Prehistoric England' by Nicholas Thomas, [Book Club Associates, 1977]:
"Lakehead, cairn, cist, row (SX/645776) 2 3/4".. [two and three-quarter].."miles NE of Two Bridges (A384, B3212), N of track to Bellever.
Here is a fine stone cist with its capstone, recently restored. Around it are 6 stones of a circle of diam. about 25ft. Starting within the circle and leading E for 44ft. is a single stone row."
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