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West Saddlesborough Hut Circles

Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork


Hawks' Tor is a prominent rock outcrop to the SE of the settlement. Approaching from Saddlesborough summit cairns it greatly resembles a quoit or portal dolmen.

William Crossing notes it:

This is a small pile, but a very curious one. One end of a large slab of granite rests on what is the main part of the tor, its other end being supported on a boulder standing on the lesser and lower part of the tor, a kind of small chamber thus being formed beneath it. There is some reason for supposing this arrangement to be artificial, though it is difficult to see what the object could have been intended for. It has been suggested that it was a dolmen. Polwhele, writing in 1793, says that several had supposed it to be such, though he was not of that opinion.

From "Crossing's Guide To Dartmoor" (2nd ed 1912).
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
9th February 2013ce
Edited 9th February 2013ce

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