Spinster's Rock
Neolithic Chambered Tomb
North East of Dartmoor, Devon  OS Map Ref SX700908
OS Maps - Landranger 191 (Okehampton & North Dartmoor), Explorer OL28 (Dartmoor)


Spinster's Rock Right on the northeastern edge of Dartmoor, at the head of a valley and stream that flows southeast into the River Teign stands the remains of this improbably handsome Neolithic chambered tomb. Though the stones collapsed during a violent storm in 1862, the tomb was rebuilt with the help of sketches drawn a few years before although the drawings differ somewhat from what we see today. What we now have consists of three uprights, the largest over 3 metres in height with the corner of one stone cut away to help hold the 16 ton capstone. It is unclear if the chamber ever had a covering of earth or stone as would seem likely but if it did then any trace of it has disappeared. This whole area was formerly rich in prehistoric remains, sadly now gone except for this burial chamber standing lonely in a farmers field and commemorated in the name of the village - Drewsteignton - meaning 'farm at the Druid's stones'. According to legend the stones were erected by three spinsters or witches before breakfast one morning.

Spinster's Rock

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