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HER Number:MDV6556
Name:Eastern Stone row to south of Fernworthy Stone Circle

Summary

The eastern row of a pair of alignments located to the south of Fernworthy stone circle and forming part of the Froggymead ceremonial complex. It was probably originally a double row but most of the stones are now missing; the surviving stones are small. It has a barrow at the northern end and if continued to the south, the alignment would meet a second barrow.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 840
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144124
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/12
  • Old SAM County Ref: 593B
  • Old SAM Ref: 28672
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE59

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Victoria County History, 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Devon, 357-358 (Article in Serial). SDV238214.


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


Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 303, Pl.38 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.


Birkett Dixon, E., 1952, 70th Report on Barrows, 253 (Article in Serial). SDV165393.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1952, SX68SE59 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV244440.

Site visit 6th October 1952. Unable to find any of the features mentioned (cist, cairn and stone row). The area is covered by re-afforestation.


Spooner, G. M. + Birkett Dixon, E., 1955, Note on the Antiquities situated in the Forestry Commission ground at Fernworthy and Bellever. Appendix 1, B. (7) (paragraph 2.6) (Report - non-specific). SDV351955.

To the south-east of the stone circle (5) lay two cairns (2 and 4), joined by a short double stone row (7). These have been completely over planted and are at present hidden by an impenetrable growth of trees and an accumulation of humus. These sites are likely to have been damaged by this overgrowth.


Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 222-224, Fig 76 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Stone row C of the Fernworthy group. Clear evidence of a ruined double row 31 metres long with a barrow at the southern end and a cairn with a cist at the northern end.


Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Field Report (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Fernworthy Plantation, Froggymeade 5.D.
Stone row east and abreast of stone row 1D, connecting cairn 4D, and cist 6D. 32.7 metres in length, very ruined, probably robbed for construction of modern newtake wall, south of forestry road. Has been planted over.
Februaru 1976. Sites 1D-9D have been cleared as one open space with 14 posts ringing clearance zone with posts and rails and southern end. All agreements carried out.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (B) Region north of the South Teign (Froggymeade, Toms Hill and Hemstone), Site No. 2.


Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.


Turner, J., 1978, Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976 (Report - non-specific). SDV351816.

Froggymead (D). No work has been carried out on this group of sites since February 1976. The clearance zone of this group should be marked out with posts as one open space so that there would be no need for any site number posts inside the clearance zone, making the site more photographic. Vegetation on these sites are very (?), in fact site 7D (cairn) looks in excellent condition.


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


Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 11th October 1983.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible due to tree cover on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 162-5, Fig. 35.7 (Monograph). SDV219155.


Gerrard, S., 1992-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144124 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 1997.


Quinnell, N. V., 1995, Notes regarding Fernworthy Stone rows (Personal Comment). SDV276826.

Destroyed. Ran approximately SX65488404 to SX65518407. Not investigated by the Ordnance Survey in 1970's. Cairn and cist both shown as 'site of' on 1963 Ordnance Survey 6 inch maps. Doubtful if both are correct in position since line between them does not accord with Worth's orientation .


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Fernworthy, Froggymead Group 5D. Site visit 27th September 1996. Double stone row east and parallel to site stone row 1D, connecting site 4D and 6D. Site marked with one post.
Recommendations: site would benefit from another marker post.


English Heritage, 2005, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Stone row is depicted on the survey layer. Map object based on this source.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.


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

A stone circle, known as Fernworthy Circle, three stone alignments and five cairns 425m and 525m north west of Sandeman Bridge. Together the stone alignments, stone circle and cairns 425m and 525m north west of Sandeman Bridge represent one of the most complete prehistoric ritual complexes on Dartmoor, with excavation at the stone circle providing evidence for its use. Despite afforestation the monument survives well and will contain further archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. See List for full details.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 15, Fig. 11 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Stone Row c. This row, probably originally a double, runs approximately parallel with Row a and is of similar character, i.e. most stones are missing and the few that survive are small. Again it is likely that some stones are buried and currently obscured. The northern terminal of the row appears to be a very despoiled barrow (Barrow B) and to the south, if the row continued it would clip the edge of Barrow C. The eastern row has five stones currently visible covering a distance of 17.8m but with many gaps. The western row is represented by only two stones, each paired with a counterpart in the other row 1.3m to the west. A single stone 2.4m to the east suggests there was a third row but this may just be a misplaced stone, which has become earthfast, not part of a row.
This section of the monument is particularly affected by the overgrowth of turf where some of the stones are barely visible, however, more stones are now visible than on Worth’s plan of 1898.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Birkett Dixon, E.. 1952. 70th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. Unknown. 253.
  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 162-5, Fig. 35.7.
  • Article in Serial: Tyler, F. C.. 1930-1931. Kistvaens at Thornworthy and Stone Rows. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 16. 115-119.
  • Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound.
  • Article in Serial: Victoria County History. 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. Unknown. 357-358.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1952. SX68SE59. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 303, Pl.38.
  • Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. 111.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1992-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144124.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 222-224, Fig 76.
  • Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 1995. Notes regarding Fernworthy Stone rows. Not Applicable.
  • Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
  • Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Field Report. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Comb Bound.
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 15, Fig. 11.
  • Report - non-specific: Spooner, G. M. + Birkett Dixon, E.. 1955. Note on the Antiquities situated in the Forestry Commission ground at Fernworthy and Bellever. Appendix 1. Dartmoor Preservation Association. Digital. B. (7) (paragraph 2.6).
  • Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
  • Report - non-specific: Turner, J.. 1978. Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976. A4 Stapled.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
  • Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV14887Related to: Cairn at southern end of stone row at Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV14885Related to: Cairn south of the stone circle at Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6560Related to: Cairn to east of Fernworthy stone circle (Monument)
MDV6719Related to: Cairn to south of Fernworthy Stone Circle (Monument)
MDV6534Related to: Fernworthy or Froggymead Stone Circle (Monument)
MDV6562Related to: Stone Row to north of Fernworthy Stone Circle (Monument)
MDV14886Related to: Western Stone Row to south of Fernworthy Stone Circle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2014 1:48PM