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HER Number:MDV5659
Name:Stone row on Ugborough Moor, near Glasscombe Ball, Ugborough

Summary

A row of fallen stones, with a small cairn at each end. The west end of the row and cairn are about 1 metre from the Redlake Railway. In 1974, only 20 stones were visible in an irregular row. The row was found by Worth in 1911. May originally have been a double stone row.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 657 604
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 SE 59
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/4
  • Old SAM Ref: 10563
  • Pastscape: 441946

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1911, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part IX, 348-9 (Article in Serial). SDV142498.

A single stone row on the northern verge of Glasscombe Ball lies a little west of north from the row near Spurrell's Cross (SX 65 NE 16) and about a third of a mile from it. The probable length of the row is 276 feet taken from a somewhat doubtful stone at the west end to the centre of a barrow at the east end. This barrow was probably circular with a diameter of 14 feet; it is now somewhat elongated north and south.
Another barrow lies near the west end of the row and about 37 feet north of it. All the stones in the row are fallen, 24 being traceable. A single stone row on the northern verge of Glasscombe Ball lies a little west of north from the row near Spurrell's Cross (SX 65 NE 16) and about a third of a mile from it. The probable length of the row is 276 feet taken from a somewhat doubtful stone at the west end to the centre of a barrow at the east end. This barrow was probably circular with a diameter of 14 feet; it is now somewhat elongated north and south.
Another barrow lies near the west end of the row and about 37 feet north of it. All the stones in the row are fallen, 24 being traceable.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 289 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Worth Row 5.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SE59, photo (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142497.

(27/03/1950) Incomplete grid reference recorded on card. This stone row could not be found. The possible remains of a cairn, 4m in diameter were found, which could be the one refered to by Worth in 1946 at the north-east end of the row. The second cairn also could not be found (OSA SX66SE59).

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 206 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Row No. 6 (previously recorded by Worth as Row 5 in 1946).

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

Ugborough moor near Glasscombe ball, elevation 358m. A row of fallen stones, with a small cairn at each end. The west end of the row and cairn are about 1m from the Redlake railway.
In 1974, only 20 stones were visible. There are several stones about 1m long. The stones lie in an irregular row. The row was found by R. N. Worth in 1911. Probably a single row.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SE59, SX66SE59 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV142495.

(18/07/1977) This stone row is as described and planned by R.H. Worth and extends between two cairns at SX 65736041 and SX 65776048.
The north-east cairn is 0.6m. high and is now elongated north-west to south-east to 6.0m. by 4.0m, and is turf-covered. The south-west cairn, 4.0m. in diameter and 0.8m. high is of close-packed stones and turf-covered. It may not be associated with the row since it is off the alignment. Although Worth classifies the row as a single one a number of stones are missing or recumbent and probably mis-placed and it could have been a double row in its original state. Cairns and row surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.
NB: Ordnance Survey card SX66SE59 of 1950 gave wrong grid reference, hence row was not found. When found in 1977 OSA 59 was applied to the correct position.

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

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

Not recorded. Not visible on 1969 aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 97-98, Map 56, Figure 56.12 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Glasscombe Ball North stone row and cairns'. To east of 'Red Lake Railway' ia a single stone row on the north side of Glasscombe Ball. Every stone is flat and must have been so for centuries. The pillar shaped slabs are about 1 metre long and displaced considerably out of line. The row probably originated from a damaged cairn at the eastern end. At least 24 stones can be considered part of the alignment descending to the south-west. There are cairns at the north and south ends of the row.

Perrin, R., 2016, Ugborough Parish Heritage Appraisal Second Edition, UG 621 (Report - Assessment). SDV360390.

As above.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG40 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited in 2017 prior to this project starting; not revisited. Condition assessed as very good.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Stone Row' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1017610 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This alignment, runs north-east/south- west across the north-west side of Glasscombe Ball from a cairn at its northern end to another at the southern end, beside the Redlake Railway track. It cuts off the spur of Glasscombe Ball on the 360 metre contour. The alignment consists of at least twenty fallen stones in a single row 84 metres long, the stones are irregularly spaced and are up to 1 metre in height. A small cairn lies near either end, both are 4.5 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres in height.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV142495Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SE59. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX66SE59.
SDV142497Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SE59. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. photo.
SDV142498Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1911. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part IX. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. Unknown. 348-9.
SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
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. 289.
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.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 206.
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. 97-98, Map 56, Figure 56.12.
SDV360390Report - Assessment: Perrin, R.. 2016. Ugborough Parish Heritage Appraisal Second Edition. Ugborough Local History Group. A4 Bound. UG 621.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG40.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95570 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1017610.

Associated Monuments

MDV129007Related to: Cairn at south end of stone row near Glasscombe Ball, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV14802Related to: Corringdon Ball B stone alignments (Monument)
MDV3138Related to: The Redlake China Clay Railway, Harford & Dratmoor Forest Parishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2020 11:09AM