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HER Number:MDV12802


On the summit of cock's tor, there are traces which may indicate the former existence of one or more stone rows. No other known row in this valley. Row no.31 (worth).


Grid Reference:SX 531 762
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/94

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=14/11/1980 (os) worth (in tda) can be interpreted in more than one way. He refers to:-.

R.N.WORTH 1893, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278311.

Two small stone circles, each of two rows of stone were found, due to soil shrinkage, on cox tor. One circle had a stone row leading to it and a small cairn or the remains of a cist. Diameter of circles 2.43m and 4.86m. The other had circles of 2.13m and 3.35m (r. N. Worth 1893).

NMR, CITING CROSSING, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278312.

"the summit of the tor is fairly level. At its n end are 2 cairns and the remains of a stone row".(not listed by grinsell in his correlation of rows and cairns in pdas 36) (nmr, citing crossing).

SX550787;N-S, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278314.

A. A cairn or possible cist with 2 circles of stone round it, 8ft and 16ft in diam with traces of a stone row, its direction the same as that on launceston moor (sx550787;n-s).

IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER THIS IS ONE OR TWO SITES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278315.

B. Circles 7ft and 11ft in diam (it is not clear whether this is one or two sites).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278316.

C. Two larger circles 24ft across, one enclosing the remains of a cairn. It would seem that there are at least 4 separate structures and possibly 5 although some must refer to the existing ring cairns none can be satisfactorily related. The area is approx sx530764. Worth mentions, like crossing, one stone row, while worth notes one or more rows. These cannot be traced and the depth of peat on the grassy plateau is so little that if the row(s) were obvious with slight shrinkage they should still be reasonably visible. Spaced stones abound, particularly towards the n end and numerous fictitious rows of 4 or 5 stones can be deduced but nothing acceptable from any of the cairns (nmr, citing os).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278318.

Not visible raf verticals (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278321.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)299/the stone rows of dartmoor, part 1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278322.

Emmett, d. D. /pdas/37(1979)111/stone rows: the traditional view reconsidered.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278323.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278324.

Worth, r. N. /tda/25(1893)544.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278325.

Des=nvq/pers comm/(22/3/1995)/notes in smr. Neither rows nor stone circles have been identified. Latest search c.1991 by rchme (nvq).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278326.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/(1912)150.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV278327.

Des=wilson-north, r. /(8/7/1991)/rchme field investigation.

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

On the summit of cock's tor, there are traces which may indicate the former existence of one or more stone rows. No other known row in this valley. Row no.31 (worth).

Wilson-North, W. R., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV76588.

Vis=8/7/1991 (rchme) no trace of any of these features is visible. The spaced stones observed on os in 1980 could well have been considered archaeological. They appear to be set on end and protrude through the turf to a height of 15 to 20cm. They are however entirely natural (wilson-north).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV278311Migrated Record: R.N.WORTH 1893.
SDV278312Migrated Record: NMR, CITING CROSSING.
SDV278314Migrated Record: SX550787;N-S.
SDV278316Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV278318Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV278321Migrated Record:
SDV278322Migrated Record:
SDV278323Migrated Record:
SDV278324Migrated Record:
SDV278325Migrated Record:
SDV278326Migrated Record:
SDV278327Migrated Record:
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.
SDV76588Report - Survey: Wilson-North, W. R..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2020 3:47PM