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Monument Number 439217

Hob Uid: 439217
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX5764063920
Summary : A Bronze Age stone alighnment comprising a double stone row consisting of 99 upright and 8 recumbant stones running south-south-west from a possible stone circle near the foot of the south flank of Little Trowelsworthy Tor. The surviving length of the row is about 129 metres, it is bisected by a leat. The better preserved element of the row is down the slope from the leat. The circle comprises 8 main orthostat stones in a "kidney-shaped" plan. The south-west orthostat in the ring is surrounded by a number of smaller stones. The site forms part of the Upper Plym Valley historic landscape.
More information : (SX 577639) Stone Circle (NR) Stone Row (NR). (1)

A double stone row, 426 feet long and 4 foot wide. The row is slightly convex, the stones spaced about 6 feet apart. At the north end there is a circle 22 feet in diameter, comprising eight erect stones, ranging in height from 2ft. 9ins. to 4ft. 2ins. (2-3)

SX 57636392 A double stone row situated on a south-west facing slope, and orientated nearly north-south, with a stone circle at the uphill end. Both are in good condition.

The circle 6.5m. in diameter comprises eight orthostats from 0.7m. to 1.5m. high. In some cases the 'trig' stones are visible.

A quantity of small stones within the circle suggest the possibility of a former cairn.

The stone rows are 144.0m. long, though there is possibly a
continuation of the rows to the south (see plan). The stones are up to 1.2m. high and on average 1.2m. apart.

For a standing stone to the south and off the line of the row see SX 56 SE 73.

Surveyed 1.10 000 on PFD. (4)

Depicted and described by Robertson and Butler. (6-7)

SX 57656399 to SX 57626385. A double stone row consisting of 99 upright and 8 recumbant stones runs SSW from a possible stone circle near the foot of the S flank of Little Trowelsworthy Tor.
The alleged cairn at the head of the row comprises a ring of eight stones a maximum of 1.2m high with no evidence of a cist and very little to suggest the former presence of a cairn. It would seem more likely to represent the remains of a small stone circle albeit only 6.0 to 6.5m in diameter.
The rows run for a maximum distance of 129m and the spacing between the stones varies between 1.0 and 2.1m with a gap between the rows of 0.9 to 1.8m.
The rows cannot be traced to the S of the small tributary of the Blacka Brook which occupies the floor of the small combe. The alleged standing stone to the S of the brook (SX 56 SE 73) is a repositioned gatepost.
(8)

Detailed description of the site as it appeared in 1994- note that the stated number of stones in the row differs from that noted in the survey of 2001 cited above . (9)

Additional source including a brief accessible overview of a selection of sites in the Upper Plym Valley for visitors. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R Hansford Worth)
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Vol(s) : 24, 1892
Source Number : 3
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R H Worth)
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Vol(s) : 73, 1941
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 02-JUN-77
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Source Number : 5
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 18-Dec-92
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Robertson J 1991 The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1994 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities Vol 3 The South West. Map 49/51
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Probert S A J 12-FEB-2001 EH Field Investigation
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Source Number : 9
Source : The Upper Plym Valley : the management of an historic landscape
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Source Number : 10
Source : Heritage Unlocked: Guide to free sites in Devon, Dorset and Somerset
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Alignment, Stone Circle, Cairn
Evidence : Structure, Conjectural Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 560
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External Cross Reference Source : National Trust Project Reference Number
External Cross Reference Number : 103394
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 10664
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Trust Project Reference Number
External Cross Reference Number : 102048
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 19
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 38
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 439315
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 SE 38
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1977-06-02
End Date : 1977-06-02
Associated Activities : PLYM VALLEY SURVEY: EH PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2001-02-14
End Date : 2002-12-20