HeritageGateway - Home

Login  |  Register
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV5001
Name:Short stone row, Merrivale

Summary

Single row about 63.5 metres long comprising some 17 stones. A blocking stone denotes either end of the row and a small cairn lies at the north-eastern end of the alignment. Within the guardianship area managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 553 747
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/108
  • Old SAM County Ref: 333
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 12/01/1996
  • Old SAM Ref: 24193

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 12/06/1986, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV251070.

Stone row. Scheduled Monument Consent granted for insertion of polythene pipe to alleviate flooding.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 15/09/2004, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV320132.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for works concerning a five year programme of management works including erosion repairs.


Wilkinson, J. G., 1860, The Rock-Basins of Dartmoor, and Some British Remains in England, 114, Pl. 7 (Article in Serial). SDV273188.


Worth, R. N., 1892, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, 395-6 (Article in Serial). SDV237176.


Worth, R. N., 1895, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4, 440 (Article in Serial). SDV273221.


Stephens, F. W., 1900, Sketch (Plan - sketch). SDV219154.

18 stones. 131 feet, 6 inches long.


Ordnance Survey, 1906, 106NE (Cartographic). SDV249909.

Stone row marked on Ordnance Survey 6 inch (1906) map.


Tyler, F. C., 1930-1931, Kistvaens at Thornworthy and Stone Rows, 115-119 (Article in Serial). SDV251072.

This group of rows is included by Tyler in a discussion of the orientation of the stone rows.


Worth, R. H., 1941, Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor, 235, Fig. 6-7 (Article in Serial). SDV251083.


Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 298-9, Pl. 36 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Merrivale Group approximately 43.0 metres west of the centre of the barrow breaking the line of Row B is the centre of a barrow from which starts Row C; a single row, and it seems to be an afterthought. Row No.29.


NMR, 1979, SF1510/174 (Aerial Photograph). SDV251090.


Emmett, D. D., 1979, Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered, 106, 111 (Article in Serial). SDV251087.


The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit, 1985, The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV340940.

Visible and recorced.


Gerrard, S., 1990-1994, Monument Protection Programme, 133485 (Report - Survey). SDV350743.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 27 (Monograph). SDV137656.

The third stone row at the site, which is much shorter than the pair or double rows to the north of it. Features a cairn at its upper end, which had been trenched at some point. Thirteen stones visible, although original total is stated to be 36, most of which Butler theorises to be buried in the turf. Originally recorded by the Reverend W. C. Lukis in 1979-80, although this was often under-valued or overlooked.


Department of National Heritage, 1995, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV321020.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for works concerning repairs to sections of the leat.


Probert, S. A. J., 2000, The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV344969.

Single stone row originating at the cairn just south of the southern double stone row at Merrivale and running in a south-westerly direction from the cairn, for a distance of 63.5 metres. There are 17 recognisable stones comprising the row, the highest standing 0.4 metres above ground level. The spacing between stones varies from 3.5 metres in the northern section of the row, where there are fewer stones, but more regularly spaced, to 0.55 to 0.75 metres in the rest of the row. One large stone embedded in the cairn is attributable to the row. Likely to have been subject to robbing over time.


Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage, 2004, Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape, 12-13 (Leaflet). SDV320201.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.


English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Three stone alignments, ten cairns, three stone hut circles and a length of the Great Western Reave on Longash Common.
The third stone alignment, which lies to the south of the second example is orientated approximately NNE to SSW and includes a 42m long row of upright stones, with heights ranging between 0.1m and 0.5m. The spacing of the stones along this row averages 0.9m and either end is denoted by a blocking stone. A small cairn lies at the north eastern end of the alignment and survives as a 3.5m diameter mound standing up to 0.3m high.


Quinnell, N. V., 22/03/1995, Stone Row (Personal Comment). SDV215687.

Merrivale C. As above.


Department of National Heritage, 24/06/1997, Scheduled Monument Consent Letter (Correspondence). SDV307256.

Scheduled Monument Consent granted for various repairs.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX57SE115 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251186.

Site visit 10th January 1980. The stone row is not aligned upon the centre of the existing cairn but to the west side. From a blocking stone at this point, SX55397476, the row extends to the south-west for 42 metres to another blocking stone at SX55377472. Between these points there appear to have been about 40 stones, of which only 13 survive, and most of these are at ground level. The positions of a further 19 stones are clear from small depressions but it is difficult to know whether they have resulted from deliberate robbing or casual vandalism.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX57SE12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV251183.

Site visit 18th August 1950. Stone row, single, runs obliquely from the long stone row. It begins at its most northerly extreme with a small cairn which is 5.0 metres from the south side of the long row. Begins with three standing stones showing above the turf level, then 6 more stones which are virutally buried and ends with a small standing stone. The cairn at the north end is in good condition but overgrown.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 27.
  • Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 22/03/1995. Stone Row.
  • Plan - sketch: Stephens, F. W.. 1900. Sketch. Digital.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1892. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 24. Digital. 395-6.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 106NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
  • Correspondence: Department of Environment. 12/06/1986. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.
  • Article in Serial: Tyler, F. C.. 1930-1931. Kistvaens at Thornworthy and Stone Rows. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 16. 115-119.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1941. Retaining Circles Associated with Stone Rows, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 73. 235, Fig. 6-7.
  • Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. 106, 111.
  • Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1979. SF1510/174.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 298-9, Pl. 36.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX57SE12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX57SE115. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
  • Article in Serial: Wilkinson, J. G.. 1860. The Rock-Basins of Dartmoor, and Some British Remains in England. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 16. Unknown. 114, Pl. 7.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1895. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor: Part 4. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 440.
  • Correspondence: Department of National Heritage. 24/06/1997. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.
  • Correspondence: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 15/09/2004. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.
  • Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park + English Heritage. 2004. Merrivale: An Archaeological Landscape. A5 Stapled. 12-13.
  • Correspondence: Department of National Heritage. 1995. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter. Scheduled Monument Consent Letter.
  • Interpretation: The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit. 1985. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. Map (Paper).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2000. The Merrivale Guardianship Area, Walkhampton, Devon. English Heritage. 1247982. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 4.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-1994. Monument Protection Programme. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown. 133485.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5000Parent of: Cairn associated with stone row, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV28496Related to: Cairn south of the Stone Row B, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV14796Related to: Cairn with cist in middle of stone row, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV3738Related to: Cist and Cairn south of Stone Alignment, Merrivale (Monument)
MDV80530Related to: Merrivale Leat (Monument)
MDV14797Related to: Merrivale Stone Row A, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV14795Related to: Merrivale Stone Row B, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV4997Related to: Remains of a ring cairn, Merrivale (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 16 2018 9:28AM