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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn Alternative Name: Grinsell Walkhampton 6; Turner F19
Country: England County: Devon Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Princetown
Map Ref: SX55377459
Latitude: 50.553129N  Longitude: 4.042983W
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
3 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.
4 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
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Catrinm visited on 28th Sep 2020 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Anne T visited on 14th May 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Merrivale Second Menhir, pit and cairn: All these monuments were so close together, it was a bit mind-boggling. I made sure I wrote down the monuments and the photo numbers so I didn't mix them up when I processed the photos later (the wind was still gusting strongly so we didn't get my folder with pre-printed notes out in case they blew away). As a group, we were fascinating with all the pits around here and spent some time exploring them and taking grid references. Dave P later contacted me to tell me these had been documented by Butler in his Volume 3 of "Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities".

markj99 visited on 28th Nov 2017 - their rating: Cond: 2 Amb: 4 Access: 3 I wasn't sure if the recumbent stone was part of an alignment with the standing stone or part of the ruined cairn.



Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4 Access: 3.67

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Anne T : To show the relationship of these monuments with the tall Merrivale Menhir, the recumbent granite pillar is in the foreground, with its pit immediately behind it; the cairn is visible as a low mound behind it (just right of centre) The tall menhir is in the background. The cairn is 5.5m from the menhirs and the granite slab 2m from the cairn. Row 4 runs from the centre to the middle left of the ph... (Vote or comment on this photo)
Standing Stone (Menhir) in Devon

Just to the south east of the tall standing stone lie a recumbent stone slab with an adjacent pit, plus a cairn. These monuments are recorded as part of Pastscape Monument No. 440047 and scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1013430.

The granite pillar, the second stone or menhir, lies at SX 5537 7459, "beside an 0.3m deep pit which may be its original socket hole. This granite pillar measures 2.2m long up to 0.4m wide and at least 0.3m thick".

The cairn is located at SX 5536 7459. Pastscape tells us the cairn has been heavily damaged, measuring 3.0m across and up to 0.3m high.

Historic England tells us the cairn lies 5.5m to the east of the tall, standing menhir; the granite pillar is 2m to the east of the cairn.

Butler, in volume 3 of “Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities” (p28) says: “There is no evidence that the smaller pillar, 2m long, lying a few metres away (from the menhir) ever stood upright, but it was erected in 1895 in the pit alongside, toppling again a few years later. Between these two stones, cairn C6 (3.0 x 0.3m) has a central pit. Three stones, one fo them flat and well away from the edge, may be the remains of an outer ring, but if so are eccentrically placed”.

The cairn is also featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Merivale (S) Encircled Cairn, which adds: "The cairn at SX 5536 7459, now turf-covered with an excavation pit in the centre, has a diameter of 2.4m. and a height of 0.1m ... A very irregular "circle" of stones can be seen around this cairn".
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Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Bladup : Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn with King's Tor in the background (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Bladup : Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Bladup : Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Bladup : Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Anne T : The cairn, foreground/right of the photo, with the granite slab with its pit to the centre/left. Looking east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Anne T : Close up of the Merrivale Menhir Cairn, which measures 0.3m high and 3m in diameter. Pastscape tells us: "Stones protrude through the mound around the central excavation pit: a 1.0m diameter 0.4m deep hole". Butler adds: "Three stones, one of them flat and well away from the edge, may be the remains of an outer ring, but if so are eccentrically placed”.

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Anne T : Another view of the recumbent stone with its pit from its western side. The pit is about 0.3m to 0.4m deep, although covered in grass which hides its true size.

Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn
Merrivale Second Menhir and Cairn submitted by Anne T : Close up of the granite pillar which now lies flat next to what may have been the pit which marked its original location. However, there is no evidence this stone ever stood upright. Butler tells us: "it was erected in 1895 in the pit alongside, toppling again a few years later".

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