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Monument Number 439621

Hob Uid: 439621
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Peter Tavy
Grid Ref : SX5502078790
Summary : Stone row and standing stone on Langstone Moor, east of Whittor.
More information : (SX 55027873-SX55027882) Stone Row (NR).
(SX 55027873) Standing Stone (NR). (1)

A single stone row stands on Launceston (Langstone). Moor
circa 330 feet in length, probably longer when complete. There
are now only 18 stones, the largest of which stands only 18 inches
above ground. At the north end are the remains of a barrow, now
reduced to little more than a rubble ring. At the south end is
the standing stone known as the 'Langstone', from which the moor
probably takes its name. The stone was re-erected in 1893 and
stands to a height of 9 feet 3 inches. (2-3)

On the flattish part of Langstone Moor at approximately 441.0m
OD is the remains of a stone row. The row is aligned north/south
and is visible in part over 120.0m from SX55027873 to SX55027886.
The spacing between the stones is intermittent (? due to robbery).
The stones average 1.0m long, 0.3m wide and 0.3m high. The much
reduced barrow at the northern end was not found. The standing
stone, 2.95m high and 0.75m by 0.4m is at the southern end though
somewhat damaged on the west face by rifle fire.

Revised at 1:10 000 on PFD and at 1:1000.

See ground photographs. (4)

The standing stone is located near the head of the Colly Brook, due east of Whittor, south of the summit of a natural saddle of land between the lower slopes of the latter and Cock's Hill at an altitude of 437m above OD. Although the stone overlooks and may be seen from a large expanse of land to the south-west, south and south-east, from the north the stone is obscured by a slight rise in the ground and is only visible from as far away as the summit of the hill, a distance of approximately only 300m. The siting of the stone was clearly not chosen for all round visibility. It stands to 2.75m, with an erosion hollow around the base. This stone sustained damage in the war years and impressions formed by ordnance impacts are visible on the west face.

The standing stone forms the southern terminal of a single stone row which is oriented just 5º east of north. Twenty-seven stones are currently visible, arranged in a somewhat erratic alignment with several large gaps. Twenty-two of the stones are earthfast, though of these, some are loose in the ground. All the stones are low, the tallest is only 0.3m high though most are flush with the ground and of generally small proportions. Two stones at the northern end of the row appear to be out of alignment with the main body, and are surrounded by small mounds. Also at the northern end there is a large, egg-shaped shallow seasonal pond of 632m2 which it has been suggested lies on the site of a former cairn.

Damage in the recent past has been caused by a sunken trackway being cut through the alignment just north of the standing stone. This in turn has become disused and current vehicle traffic is using a route 10m to the north causing further damage to the monument.

The stones( from N-S):
1. In small turf mound 0.2m high
2. In small turf mound 0.2m high
3. 0.1m high
4. Flush with ground
5. Fallen
6. Loose, 0.2m high
7. Fallen
8. Fallen and loose
9. Fallen and loose
10. 0.2m high
11. Fallen
12. 0.25m high
13. small, completely loose
14. 0.1m high
15. Flush with ground
16. Completely loose
17. Flush with ground
18. Flush with ground
19. Flush with ground
20. Flush with ground
21. Flush with ground, slightly offset
22. Fallen
23. 0.3m high
24. Loose o.15m high
25. Fallen 0.25m high
26. 0.2m high
27. 0.2m high, disturbed in trackway (5 - 6)





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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Devon Ass 78 1946 299. (R Hansford Worth)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : APs (RAF/F65/58/6399 039-040 2.7.64)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 11-SEP-78
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman P 01-Oct-2003 EH Archaeological Field Investigation
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Newman P 2003 Langstone Moor, Peter Tavy, Devon. EH Unpub. Rep. AI/25/2003
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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 : Standing Stone, Stone Alignment
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 366
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20399
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 NE 18
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 NE 18
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : LANGSTONE MOOR REEVE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1898-01-01
End Date : 1898-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 NE 17
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-09-11
End Date : 1978-09-11
Associated Activities : LANGSTONE MOOR - ENGLISH HERITAGE PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2003-10-01
End Date : 2003-12-12