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Horridge Common Rocks

This impressive rock field is set on the sheltered southern slopes of Horridge Common an area that is much better known and appreciated for its extensive antiquities of possible Bronze Age origins, walls and hut circles that Jeremy Butler (1991) describes as 'one of the best preserved of all Dartmoor settlements'.

He also gives details of what he describes as most unusual walled passage ways leading to some of the huts. Part involved in this amazing field system are numerous earth fast rocks none of any great height but making up for in length and breadth, some of which are of small outcrop proportions. Of such interest to archaeologists, this area has been subsequently surveyed by Sandy Gerrard in 1999 and again by Phil Newman in 2015.

Perhaps indicative of a once small tor at this site, the granite here was probably plundered in the process of building the community thereby destroying the rock stacks. The size of the surviving boulders would confirm this. The village is an extensive and quite breath taking relic, so well preserved on the gentle slope and overlooking what is a thrilling vista especially to the south where the full extent of the Teign Estuary is seen. This an altogether special place where the rocks are very good but the antiquities are so much better.

Horridge Common Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 7581 7461
Height:
360m
Parish:
Ilsington
Tor Classification:
Ruined
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Tim Jenkinson
Reference:
Tim Jenkinson: Tors of Dartmoor
J.Butler (1991): Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities Volume 1 The East Devon Books

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