Cairn 20m east of Tibbett's Lookout, Lundy


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016015

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1998


Ordnance survey map of Cairn 20m east of Tibbett's Lookout, Lundy
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

National Grid Reference: SS 13832 46285

Reasons for Designation

Lundy is a small, steep sided island in the Bristol Channel, 16m north of Hartland Point, north Devon. Aligned north-south, it is 6km long by 1km wide and supports a predominately moorland vegetation. The 100m high cliffs and tabular form give it a striking appearance, visible in clear weather from parts of south west England and south Wales. Lundy's remoteness and (until the 19th century construction of the Beach Road) its inaccessibility, combined with a lack of shelter and cultivable soils, has meant that it has escaped more recent occupation or development. It therefore preserves a remarkable variety of archaeological sites from early prehistory (c.8000 BC) onwards, representing evidence for habitation, fortification, farming and industry. There are also archaeological remains in the waters surrounding the island - over 150 shipwrecks are already recorded. Most of the island's archaeology is well documented from detailed survey in the 1980s and 1990s. Cairns are funerary monuments found typically on the upland moors of south west England, northern Britain and Wales. They generally have mounds of earth and small stones covering one or more burials which associated artefacts have identified as being of Bronze Age date (2000-700 BC). Cairns are often conspicuously sited and may be found close to other contemporary monument classes, such as standing stones. The cairns on Lundy together constitute an especially important group. They survive in a landscape which has been little altered since prehistoric times and they can therefore be clearly seen and understood in terms of the topographic setting in which they were built.

The cairn 20m east of Tibbett's Lookout is large by comparison with others on Lundy. It survives well where undisturbed on its eastern half, while buried remains will survive to the west where the trench and a concrete strip with its stanchion pads have only disturbed the surface of the cairn above ground. The ground below and around the cairn will contain information about the environmental conditions prevalent at the time of its construction.


The monument includes a cairn 20m to the east of Tibbett's Lookout and clipped on its western side by the construction of a parade strip and flagpole surround. The cairn is 20m in diameter and stands 0.4m high, built of small and medium sized stones. It has been bisected by a trench 1.5m wide running north-south. This may be the result of an excavation although no details are known. At least half of the cairn survives undisturbed.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 27634

Legacy System: RSM

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