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Langstone Moor Stone Circle

Langstone Moor Stone Circle

Photo taken on 25-07-2010

Langstone Moor Stone Circle

Langstone Stone Circle Restored, photo by Robert Burnard 1894

Database entries

PDW coverage: Dartmoor Site: Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Stone Row & Settlements
OS Map: SX 55638 78204
OS Source: Google
HER: MDV4226
Megalithic Portal: 1062
PMD: Langstone Moor Stone Circle
Alternate name: Langstone Moor
Short Name: SC Langstone
Butler map: 30.10
Turner: G10
DPD page: 14
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): 20.4
Lidar: SX 55638 78204
Nearest Bus Stop: Merrivale Dartmoor Inn (3.1 km) [Route: 98,171,172]
Nearby sites: SX 55638 78204


The Langstone standing stone and also the stone circle were used for target practice by American troops who were stationed nearby during the Second World War. Bullet holes can be seen on the Langstone standing stone and the circle was sadly smashed to smithereens. The Langstone Moor Stone circle had been restored in 1894 when all of the stones were re-erected in their original socket holes. Today only 3 stones remain intact with 10 having been destroyed and the rest overturned during World War Two. The debris of the former stones remain in place. Pre-war photos give a sense of how spectacular this site used to be. The original restored circle consisted of 16 stones in a 20.9m circle. The original survey by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee suggested that there might have originally been a secondary concentric circle consisting of elvan rather than granite stones although the evidence for this today is unclear (see Extract from the Second Report of the D.E.C.), see also HER MDV4226. Further coverage can be found on Legendary Dartmoor: Dartmoor's Prehistoric Langstone Moor. Lethbridge p14, diagram p13.


These are selected references with an emphasis on out of copyright sources linked as PDFs. For more detailed references try any linked HER or PMD record above.

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