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HER Number:MDV3986
Name:Stone row on Ringmoor Down


The row on ringmoor is mostly single 530m long, but double at places, possibly once double throughout.


Grid Reference:SX 563 659
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/8
  • Old SAM County Ref: 569
  • Old SAM Ref: 10596

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STONE ALIGNMENT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

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

Vis=25/5/1950 (os) remains of a double row, very fragmentary and has suffered considerably from robbery. The fallen stone which is mentioned by worth as terminating the northern end of the row could not be found. The stones of this row are larger than usual, the average height being 1.0m. Length 378m. Runs sx56336580-sx56416617.

WORTH, 1946, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260469.

The row on ringmoor is mostly single 530m long, but double at places, possibly once double throughout. There is a retaining circle at the south end. The direction of length is n 12deg-10' e. It terminates to the north in a fallen stone 22mm in length and measuring 762mm, 457mm at the base. Five of the stones of the retaining circle were imported in an effort at restoration; the original condition of this circle may be seen on the plan on p.234 of the tda 73. Mean elevation of the ground c.970ft. Row no.16 (worth, 1946).

SEE WORTH 1941, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260471.

Vis=estimated -/-/1894 (worth) circle surveyed before restoration in 1909 by baring-gould. Originally one standing stone, four fallen and six pits marking the position of former stones. Now ten standing standing stones, five new ones, some of which brought in from up to a quarter of a mile away (see worth 1941).

1941 + 1946, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260472.

Worth amended his previous reports (1941 + 1946) in 1948 when he described the features as a retaining circle at the s end and a small menhir at the n end, and stated that the length of the row formerly given was incorrect. Cairn circle (nmr, citing 'stone circles of the british', with no further reference).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260474.

The cairn circle measures approx 12.6m in diam and has 11 stones averaging 0.7m high. The disturbed central cairn is 9.5m in diam and 0.4m high. The row, double in part, extends 356m n from the cairn circle to one stone beyond worth's small menhir. None of the slab or pillar-shaped stones exceed 1m in height, the majority being quite small and just protruding from the turf with many stones apparently missing. Consequently there is no observable regular spacing between the stones. The nearby longhouse settlements and their associated field banks no doubt partly account for the robbing of the row (nmr, citing os).

NMR, CITING THOM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260475.

The perimeter circle has been re-surveyed by prof thom (nmr, citing thom).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260477.

Recorded (rchm app 1985).

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260478.

Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments) 337m long, height 0.15-1.25m (am).

Balaam, N. D. et al, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260479.

There is some doubt if the downslope end is original (balaam et al).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260480.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)292/the stone rows of dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260481.

Worth, r. H. /tda/73(1941)234-235 fig.5/retaining circles associated with stone rows, dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260482.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260483.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260484.

Brailsford, j. W. /antiquity/12(1938)446-7/bronze age stone monuments of dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV260485.

Aph=nmr sx5666/2 148-152(20/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260486.

Balaam, n. + smith, k. + wainwright, g. /pps/48(1982)254-5.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260487.

Des=worth, r. H. /6" rec sheet/(10/12/1948).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260488.

Thom, a. + thom, a. S. /brit arch rep/81(1981)110-1.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-9 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(20/05/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders, although damage by livestock and possible environmental erosion noted; particularly stones at the northern end of row. Also poor condition where row and field boundary ditch intersect.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Alignment photographed in May 2019.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV260469Migrated Record: WORTH, 1946.
SDV260471Report - Survey: SEE WORTH 1941.
SDV260472Migrated Record: 1941 + 1946.
SDV260474Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV260475Migrated Record: NMR, CITING THOM.
SDV260477Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV260478Report - Survey: AM.
SDV260479Migrated Record: Balaam, N. D. et al.
SDV260480Migrated Record:
SDV260481Migrated Record:
SDV260482Migrated Record:
SDV260483Migrated Record:
SDV260484Migrated Record:
SDV260485Aerial Photograph:
SDV260486Migrated Record:
SDV260487Migrated Record:
SDV260488Migrated Record:
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-9.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3987Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Nov 20 2020 11:20AM