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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Brisworthy
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Tavistock  Nearest Village: Yelverton
Map Ref: SX5646765489  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.471606N  Longitude: 4.024006W
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:
2Not Good
0No data.
5 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 16th Jan 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Catrinm visited on 5th Jul 2020 - their rating: Cond: 3 Access: 4 Great site in a bowl. Post lockdown visit made it all the more fab.

michelle_b007 visited on 8th Aug 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3

graemefield visited on 13th Jul 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

BolshieBoris visited on 29th Jul 2008 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3

TheCaptain SandyG Bladup AngieLake cazzyjane have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3.4 Ambience: 4.25 Access: 3.4

Brisworthy submitted by TheCaptain : Brisworthy stone circle (Vote or comment on this photo)
Twenty-four surviving stones of an original forty-two form an attractive and well-ordered circle 24.7m (81 feet) in diameter on Southern Dartmoor. The stones are graded from upward from the south to the north, with the tallest at the north being 1.1m (3 feet 8 inches) high.

Two 0.9m (3 feet) stones straddle the east side of the ring. Only 3 stones were standing prior to reconstruction in 1909.

Access: A 400m walk from Brisworthy Farm.

Page originally by Tom Bullock

Update August 2019: This stone circle is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Brisworthy Stone Circle. PDW notes: "The Brisworthy circle underwent major reconstruction carried out by Breton and the Barrow Committee in 1909. At the time only 4 stones remained standing whilst another 21 were lying roughly in place. Some 15 stones out of 40 are missing, no doubt robbed for nearby enclosures and walls".

The circle is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 438683, which adds the diameter of the circle varies between 27.0m and 24.0m. It is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1012227. The Devon & Dartmoor HER also includes an entry for MDV3983 (Brisworthy Stone Circle, Sheepstor).
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Brisworthy submitted by cazzyjane : Brisworthy stone circle. March 2011 (6 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Brisworthy submitted by cazzyjane : The 'dolphin' stone, with Legis Tor behind. (5 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Brisworthy submitted by JeanFry : Stone circle on the southerly slopes of Ringmoor Down in the Dartmoor national Park (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy stone circle with Legis Tor behind, In the background on the right is Hen Tor. This Original Artwork in a glass frame is £39.99 + Postage (Just whatever it costs), and is 15 and a half cm x 12 cm. A limited (to a 100) edition print in a 8" x 10" frame would be £19.99 + £2.90 postage, E-mail me at [email protected] if interested. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Brisworthy submitted by cazzyjane : The northern stones of Brisworthy circle. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brisworthy submitted by cazzyjane : Brisworthy stone circle on a warm day in March. (1 comment)

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy Stone circle.

Brisworthy submitted by Postman : the triagular stone

Brisworthy submitted by Postman : Midday summer solstice

Brisworthy submitted by JeanFry : Stone circle on the southerly slopes of Ringmoor Down in the Dartmoor national Park

Brisworthy submitted by TheCaptain : Brisworthy stone circle seen from the south (1 comment)

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy stone circle.

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup

Brisworthy submitted by postman : Apparently its time to go.

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy Stone circle.

Brisworthy Circle
Brisworthy Circle submitted by caradoc68 : SX 564 654, Brisworthy Circle. Quite large Ring at 25 meter's in diameter.Sitting on the edge for the southwest tip of the Moor right next to the china clay pits. A very interesting site to visit also there is Ringmoor cairn and stone row few hundred yards to the north.

Brisworthy submitted by enkidu41 : SX 5646 6550 Restored in 1909 this is the only free-standing stone circle surviving around the southern edge of the moor.

Brisworthy submitted by dooclay : Taken in 2002-ish

Brisworthy Cup Stone
Brisworthy Cup Stone submitted by 1bailey1 : Cup and ring marked stone Brisworthy. Firming gatepost to field opposite farm building. Recorded 1 May 2023 (1 comment)

Brisworthy submitted by Catrinm : Brisworthy 5 July 20

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy Stone Circle

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy Stone Circle with Legis Tor behind

Brisworthy submitted by Bladup : Brisworthy Stone Circle

Brisworthy submitted by Postman : Stood on the bank behind the circle, saying bye, byeeee.

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 93m E 88° Ringmoor Down Cairn 1* Cairn (SX56566549)
 297m NNE 23° Ringmoor Down Cairn 2* Cairn (SX56596576)
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 683m N 354° Ringmoor Down Stone Row* Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue (SX56416617)
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 990m SE 135° Trowlesworthy Warren Cairn (SX57156477)
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 1.1km E 89° Legis Tor Ossuary* Cist (SX5757365470)
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 1.8km SE 145° Trowlesworthy West row* Stone Row / Alignment (SX57466397)
 1.8km E 93° Lee Moor (Willings Walls) Cist* Cist (SX58286534)
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Brisworthy Stone Circle - bank showing up on LIDAR by Andy B on Friday, 20 October 2017
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Dave P writes:
There are 15/16 stone circles on Dartmoor and the Brisworthy stone circle is one of the more impressive sites. I recently encountered a link to LIDAR data around the country. The first thought I had was it would be interesting to look at Brisworthy Circle because i knew there are reports of a bank around parts of the circle. Comparing the LIDAR data at Brisworthy with the other Dartmoor circles was a revelation. The other circles are "invisible" - there is no bank to be seen. There is something odd about this site.

There is now available LIDAR imagery which shows that the bank is not just restricted to the north-east quadrant it is indeed all around the circle although this may not be immediately obvious to a visitor to the site. However, on close inspection the bank can be seen in some of the photos on my page.

LIDAR imagery at the locations of the other circles, including those that have been restored, not only show no bank but in fact show nothing at all as the stones are just pin-pricks in LIDAR imagery. Closer inspection of this image gives a hint of two entrances. It is difficult to confirm the entrances and maybe higher resolution LIDAR data or other geophysics techniques will confirm or discount the existence of entrances. The other feature required for a henge is an internal ditch next to the bank. Again modern techniques could confirm whether or not there was once a ditch or whether there are still remnants of one.

So what is Brisworthy Circle? Well maybe it is a stone circle, maybe it is a ring cairn and maybe it is henge monument. What is clear is this is not a typical Dartmoor stone circle.

Whilst I maintain a site on archaeology I wish to make it clear that I'm NOT a qualified archaeologist.

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    Re: Brisworthy Stone Circle - bank showing up on LIDAR by Bladup on Friday, 20 October 2017
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    How wonderful to see it like that! Thanks. It's an embanked Stone Circle in the tradition of Nine Ladies and other peak district sites, The Druid's Circle of North Wales, The Druid's Circle of Ulverston. Even Castlerigg, Swinside and Long Meg are embanked, The Twelve Apostles of Holywood and The Twelve Apostles on Ilkley Moor, The Largest circle at Stanton Drew, A real nationwide prehistoric tradition (probably keeping the henge tradition alive). The Bank (At Brisworthy) is fairly clear to see on site and from the LIDAR image seems to have a little gap just to the North of North East where the Moon rises at it's Maximum. The Bank is seen (and Spoken of below) in TheCaptain's Photo here like Andy Said - http://www.megalithic.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=a312&file=index&do=showpic&pid=166658
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Re: Brisworthy by TheCaptain on Saturday, 10 June 2017
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Notes from my visit in April 2013.

Strangely positioned on the hillside, the lower part of this circle seems almost to consist of an embanked ring rather than an open stone circle. The stones, up to about 3 feet tall, but mostly less than 2 feet, are positioned quite close together, flat sides facing inwards. I counted 25 standers, with several stumps and much more loose stone. The two largest stones are at the uphill edge of the circle, an entrance? It certainly seemed a bit odd to me on this hillside, in some ways more like a huge ring cairn.
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A feature on visiting stone circles in the Washington Post by Andy B on Thursday, 29 May 2014
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"In the British Isles, searching for stone circles in all kinds of weather"

A sheep was casually scratching its butt against a rough stone, a rural English picture from time immemorial. Like, say, a few millennia. The stone was actually set upright in this convenient sheep-scratcher position some 3,000 years ago, give or take a few centuries, one of 24 arranged for some lost Bronze Age ritual.

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Winter Walk, Plymbridge and the Upper Plym, Deven,14th January 2010 by Andy B on Tuesday, 12 January 2010
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National Trust Walk

14 January 10am - 1pm

Plymbridge and the Upper Plym(in Devon)

Moorland walk with the warden. See the Bronze Age archaeology and enjoy the granite landscape.

Booking Essential 01752 341377

Pricing Adult £5 Child £2.50

Meet at Blackabrook Bridge, Grid Ref SX 564 644

Please wear suitable walking attire

Dartmoor, 01752 341377, [email protected]

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Re: Brisworthy by coldrum on Wednesday, 07 October 2009
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Re: Brisworthy by enkidu41 on Saturday, 05 June 2004
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The circle is slightly flattened on the north side reducing the diameter at this point by about 3'. It seems likely that this is an error attributable to incorrect restoration and that the ring is a true 81' diameter circle.
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Re: Brisworthy by Petercastle on Tuesday, 30 March 2004
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The best way to get to this site,is to park at what is known as the "scout hut" at SX579674 and walk up over Gutter Tor in a south westerly direction,by doing this you can also take in the Ringmoor Down stone row and the other antiquities you pass on the way.This is also the best way to approach the site as it will be down hill from you.A good point to get aphotograph is to stand on the wall to the south of the circle.
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    Re: Dartmoor Stone Circle near Gutter Tor by Anonymous on Wednesday, 31 March 2010
    Probably closer to the Cadover Bridge car park, about 1km North East over the River Plym. Gutter Tor is probably a more scenic approach and you don't need to walk on the road. I am not familiar with the stone circle, could anyone post an exact lat/long for the site? Thanks.
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