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Monument Number 440127

Hob Uid: 440127
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Walkhampton
Grid Ref : SX5710071400
Summary : A Bronze Age Stone Row lies just inside, and is partly buried by, a substantial field boundary. The row extends from SX57217155 to SX57007137, some 294m long and includes at least 57 visible stones. Its north-eastern end is denoted by a substantial blocking stone and its lower south-western end by three funerary cairns. The row can be seen as three distinct parts forming the whole. The northern part includes 39 stones, the central group of 8 stones is separated from the northern row by a 66.2m wide gap whilst the southern group is on a slightly different alignment to the others. The row is unusual in that the blocking stone is at the upper end and a cairn lies at the lower end.
More information : (SX 571714) Stone Row (NR) (1)

Remains of a double row of stones extending 950ft in a North 50o
East direction. Sixty six stones remain and the northern row is
"almost wholly merged in an enclosure wall. (2)

A double row of stones of a total length of 283.6m, the northern
now incoporated with a large enclosure wall and the southern standing
just clear of it. Sixty stones in the southern row are visible, a few
of them, though on alignment, being only probable members of it,
and twenty-one stones in the northern row, these being on average
much larger than those in the southern row.

However most of these stones in the northern row are only possible
original members of that row, they may be no more than earthfast
boulders at the base of the wall placed there at its construction.
The blocking stone at the north west end is set into the wall at
right angles and it measures 1.3m x 0.3m x 0.75 high.

At the south west end is an amorphous mass of stones which may be
the remains of a cairn.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD and at 1:1000 for large scale diagram. (3)

Black Tor double stone row suffers the ignominious fate of supporting the outer newtake wall of Stanlake Farm. A tinners leat crosses the alignment.. The present 54 stones are only a fraction of the original.number in the row which is 295m long. The distance between the stones gradually increases towards the blocking stone and there is also a measurable increase in their height. For most of its length the row is comparatively straight but rather oddly the last half dozen stones curve away on an alignment that would barely have contacted the fringe of the mound.A cairn cemetery developed around this end of the row (SX 57 SE 238) (4)

A Bronze Age Stone Row lies just inside, and is partly buried by, a substantial field boundary The row extends from SX57217155 to SX57007137, some 294m long and includes at least 57 visible stones. Its north-eastern end is denoted by a substantial blocking stone and its lower south-western end by three funerary cairns. The row can be seen as three distinct parts forming the whole.. The northern part includes 39 stones, the central group of 8 stones is separated from the northern row by a 66.2m wide gap whilst the southern group is on a slightly different alignment to the others. The row is unusual in that the blocking stone is at the upper end. The terminal cairn is badly misshapen spread to 9m across with upcast from a central hollow. (5)
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The line of this impressive stone row although partially overlaid and hidden by the field bank is clearly visible. It is suffering damage from animals as they shelter in the lee of the bank and also rub against the stones. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale. The monument is mostly free from vegetation cover (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Dartmoor 1953 212-3 (R H Worth)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JGB 15-AUG-77
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities 1994 vol 3 The South-West J.Butler
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Meavy Valley Archaeology. Site Report No 4. 1997. S. Gerrard
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : M. Fletcher English Heritage Field Investigation 13-October - 2007
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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
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 834
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22290
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 SE 35
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 SE 35
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1977-08-15
End Date : 1977-08-15
Associated Activities : ENGLISH HERITAGE: WALKHAMPTON PREMIER ARCHAEOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE; FIELD INVESTIGATION PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2007-05-01
End Date : 2008-05-01