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HER Number:MDV12983
Name:Holne Moor triple stone rows, Holne


Triple stone row on Holne Moor to the south of the Venford Reave and Dartmeet parallel reave system


Grid Reference:SX 675 710
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE72
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/139
  • Old SAM Ref: 22368
  • Pastscape: 443069

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Woolner, D. + Woolner, A., 1962, Holne Moor stone row, 3 (Article in Serial). SDV153226.

Triple stone row on Holne Moor.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.

Taylor, I., 1987, Triple stone row on Holne Moor (Personal Comment). SDV153227.

Telephone call on 24th July 1987. At western end a triangular blocking stone flanked by two recumbent stones.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 193, Mpa 60, Figure 60.14 & 60.14.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Holne Moor triple stone rows' is laid out alongside the Holne Moor boundary reave roughly parallel with it and 5 to 7 metres to the south. A tall pillar stood at the higher end set across the west end of the central row. The pillar of 3.4 metres long has fallen forwards long ago for even its socket hole has silted up. It was flanked by a shorter pillar 1.7 metres long facing the south row and probably another on the north side which has disappeared though its site is marked by a depression in the ground. Cross set pillars seem to have terminated the lower east ends as well though only one across the north row remains, a fallen slab 1.5 metres long, fixing the original length at 147.5 metres. The rest of the stones are uniformly small just their tops above the turf and none higher than 0.25 metres with gaps far exceeding the visible runs. Only 20 per cent of the original total of about 318 stones are showing. Severe damage has been caused by a ditch 7 metres wide cutting across the alignment. The north and central rows are 1.4 metres apart but the centre and south rows converge slightly to the east from 1.5 to 1.3 metres. The intervals between the stones along the rows was 1.4 metres

Quinell, N. V., 1995, Notes on Possible Stone Row (Personal Comment). SDV237623.

Notes on 22nd March 1995.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Stones shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Fallen pillar at west end of rows visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443069, SX67SE72 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 13th July 1977. Between SX 67447098 to SX 6757091. The triple stone row lies in a secluded position, across the head of a shallow, north facing, valley at 360 metres above OD. It is aligned on a bearing of 112 degrees and is 147 metres long with rows on average 1.5 metres apart. It was parallel to a terminal reave 7 metres to the north-east. The stones, seventy five of which were located, have a maximum height of 0.2 metres and are spaced about 1.1 metres apart, each opposite the stone of the adjacent row. Thirty metres of the west part of the row is fairly complete, terminating with three traverse blocking stones, the centre one of which measure 0.8 metres by 0.3 metres and is 1.0 metrse high. Immediately to the west are two prone slabs which may have been standing stones. One is 0.5 metres by 0.3 metres and 3.5 metres long, the other 0.8 metres by 0.3 metres and 2.0 metres long. The remainder of the row has been much destroyed and midway it is crossed by a mining 'rake'. In isolation at the presumed east end there is a fallen transverse stone, 0.7 metres wide and 1.2 metres long, which may have been the blocking stone to the north outer row.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Stone Rows' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1020487 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument, which falls into four seperate areas of protection, includes a stone alignment.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV153226Article in Serial: Woolner, D. + Woolner, A.. 1962. Holne Moor stone row. Devon Archaeological Exploration Society Newsletter. December. 3.
SDV153227Personal Comment: Taylor, I.. 1987. Triple stone row on Holne Moor.
SDV237623Personal Comment: Quinell, N. V.. 1995. Notes on Possible Stone Row.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 193, Mpa 60, Figure 60.14 & 60.14.1.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #128772 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443069, SX67SE72.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1020487.

Associated Monuments

MDV129985Parent of: Longstone at west end of Holne Moor triple stone rows, Holne (Monument)
MDV27685Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system on Holne Moor (Monument)
MDV15078Related to: Venford Reave, Holne and Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2021 12:05PM