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HER Number:MDV2889
Name:Stone row 400 meters south-east of Western Beacon, Ugborough


Cantrell double stone row of 48 metres with eighteen stone identified (Butler)


Grid Reference:SX 656 571
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 65 NE 44
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 832
  • Old SAM Ref: 10550
  • Pastscape: 441214
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1908, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, Part 8, 281-282 figure (Article in Serial). SDV345668.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 411 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 315, Row 62 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Cantrell, near Moor Gate, Western Beacon, Ugborough Moor. A double stone row beside the northern edge of the railway track: (the south-western end of row was probably destroyed in construction of this line in 1911). The main row has only seven stones, possibly eight; minor row to the north of the main row only has six small stones showing. There is a cairn at the north-eastern end of the row, much ruined. Largest stone measurements given. Spacing 1.68 metres; distance 2.13 - 3.66 metres. Row falls in a south-westerly direction at a gradient of 1 in 12.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1952, SX65NE44 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148297.

A double stone row with a cairn at the north-eastern end. Length 47 metres (citing Worth, 1946).
Stone row is not well-defined. Cairn is approximately 1 metre in height at centre (SX6568 5715). Cairn at SX65705718 (03/07/1950).
Cantrell - Ugborough Moor. Alignment. Double stone alignment with cairn (03/07/1952).

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 235 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(22/6/1973) Double stone row proceeds slightly downhill to south-west. Diameter of cairn is 7 metres, height 0.1 metres.

Emmett, D. D., 1979, Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered, 111 (Article in Serial). SDV251087.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 33-35, Map 53, Figures 53.12 -13 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Cantrell double stone row' is 48 metres long and runs diagonally down the slope from a cairn at the upper end as far as the track of the clayworks railway. A total of eighteen stones have been identified. The rows are 3.0 metres apart and a gap of several metres separates the upper end from the damaged cairn.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

'Stone row' is depicted on the modern mapping and corresponds with the scheduled area.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 12/08/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

This double stone alignment, to the south-east of Western Beacon and north-west of Cantrell, is approximately 43 metres long, and it is orientated north-east by south-west, ending at a cairn at the northern end and truncated at the south by the line of a former railway.
There are 12 stones up to 0.75 metres high in the southern row and 6 up to 0.4 metres high in the northern row. The rows are on average 2 metres apart and the stones lie at 1 to 4 metre spacings with several gaps in the sequence. The cairn is 7 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high, with a hollow in the centre suggesting that it has been robbed in the past.
The alignment south-east of Western Beacon and north-west of Cantrell is particularly significant because it is connected with a cairn and situated in an area which contains many funerary monuments.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148297Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1952. SX65NE44. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV251087Article in Serial: Emmett, D. D.. 1979. Stone Rows: The Traditional View Reconsidered. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 37. Paperback Volume. 111.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 315, Row 62.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 411.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 235.
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. 33-35, Map 53, Figures 53.12 -13.
SDV345668Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1908. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor, Part 8. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 40. Unknown. 281-282 figure.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 12/08/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV33471Related to: Cairn at north end of Cantrell double stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3138Related to: The Redlake China Clay Railway, Harford & Dratmoor Forest Parishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 4 2021 12:16PM