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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Huntingdon Barrow Alternative Name: Heap O'Sinners
Country: England County: Devon Type: Long Barrow
Nearest Town: Buckfastleigh  Nearest Village: Higher Combe
Map Ref: SX6621266907
Latitude: 50.486658N  Longitude: 3.88727W
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
no data Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
no data 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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Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup : Huntingdon Barrow (Heap O'Sinners) (Vote or comment on this photo)
Long Barrow in Devon

Recorded on the Devon and Dartmoor HER as MDV5235 (Cairn at Huntingdon Warren) , we are told that this site "has been mutilated by the erection of marker cairns and shelters on it." The cairn was described in 1912 as sitting on the highest part of Huntingdon Hill, approximately 76 yards or approximately 70 metres in circumference. In 1977, the description given was that the cairn was "22.0 metres in diameter, 1.7 metres high, built of large boulders ..... ", with the site sitting 290 metres north west of Huntingdon Warren House.

In 1993, a note was added saying "no evidence of an organised structure to this cairn and it may never have been anything more than a loose collection of stones."

The Pastscape Record for this monument (number 441414) tells us that that by 1995 the height was reduced to 1.4 metres due to construction of two walker's shelters and another marker cairn.

Update November 2019: For further information, also see the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks' (PDW) entry for the Huntingdon Barrow Cairn. This site is not a scheduled ancient monument, although on a map search of Historic England, the site is marked on its map.
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Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup : Sunrise at Huntingdon Barrow (Heap O'Sinners) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup : Huntingdon Barrow (Heap O'Sinners) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup (Vote or comment on this photo)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by Bladup : Huntingdon Barrow (Heap O'Sinners) at Sunrise

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by graemefield : One of the modern day rock shelters built from stones which once formed the original cairn. (1 comment)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by graemefield : The Heap Of Sinnners on a cold January afternoon. As approached from the Hexworthy direction. (4 comments)

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by AngieLake : Walking to Huntingdon Warren from Lud Gate last Friday, the barrow of stones is visible on the summit of the hill to our west. We were heading for the clapper bridge over the Avon, north of the Avon Dam.

Huntingdon Barrow
Huntingdon Barrow submitted by AngieLake : A distant view of The Heap O'Sinners barrow, seen from the Lud Gate to Huntingdon Warren [eastern] trackway, on Friday 6th October.

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Re: Huntingdon Barrow by graemefield on Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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The Heap of Sinners is another Bronze age burial cairn which has drastically changed shape over the millenia. In Victorian times walkers used to gather here and rebuild the cairn into various shapes, and as recently as the 1950’s a man by the name of Frederick Symes who lived in the ruins of an old farmhouse in nearby Huntingdon warren caused more disturbance. He was known locally as “MoorRoaMan”, for what reason I do not know. He spent his time reshaping the cairn into a huge pointed cone. Since then walkers have built a couple of circular shelters our of the rocks.
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