Dartmoor Explorations

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THE GREAT KISTVAEN AT ROUNDY PARK

Steve Grigg and Frank Collinson

Robert Burnard (1848-1920) first discovered the kistvaen at Roundy Park in 1893 and he recorded it in his Pictorial Records. He stated “This, the largest known kistvaen on Dartmoor, was found by the author in August 1893.” The kistvaen is accessible via a gate into the enclosure between Drift Lane and Braddon Lake at SX639220 79667, which is about a kilometre north of Postbridge. The “tongue in cheek”, then and now comparisons are 127 years apart and show that nothing obvious has changed.

Roundy Park 1
Robert Burnard picture : “The great kistvaen at Roundy Park – Dorothy – September 1894
Roundy Park 2
Dorothy (Frank) in October 2020
Roundy Park 3
Dorothy (Steve) in October 2020 , complete with summer hat (bonnet?).
Roundy Park 4
The great kistvaen at Roundy Park in October 2020

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