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HER Number:MDV5834
Name:Stone row 180 meters south of Higher White Tor


Remains of a double stone row running 330ft. Nne-ssw along the ridge between higher white tor and longford tor and unusually near the clitter of stones on higher white tor. There are 25 extant stones varying in height from a few inches to three feet (baring-gould).


Grid Reference:SX 619 783
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 914
  • Old SAM Ref: 34434.01

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est -/-/2000 (gerrard, s. ) stone alignment 260m south of higher white tor (mpp).

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

This row does not exist. Some naturally disposed rocks from the clitter nearby have been mistaken for a row (worth).

RCHM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV7666.

Vis=24/5/1989 (rchm) double stone row situated at sx 61907830 in coarse grass and light clitter on a moderate s slope. The row is now incomplete at both ends. The remaining portion is aligned between higher white tor, running directly across the contours at a bearing of 199 degrees 30 mins magnetic. It is at least 88.6m long, taking stones a and p as certain survivors. Any continuation beyond this length is now pure guesswork, especially at the n end where medium clitter is encountered.

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

Vis=26/6/1950 (os) no trace of this supposed stone row could be found (os).

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265384.

Vis=19/2/1973 (ancient monuments) stone row south west of higher white tor. Five stones remain standing of this moorland stone row and four stones are possibly fallen uprights. All the stones are of granite and stand between 1m - 1.5m. In height. The monument holds the distinction of being the stone row at the highest altitude on dartmoor. The stones are disposed irregularly over a distance of some 72m.

WORTH, 1967, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265387.

On hill at back of powder mills is a newtake wall which must be crossed to reach the ridge connecting longford tor and higher white tor. On the ridge are the remains of a double stone row. No trace of a cairn. Ten stones remain in the south row, 15 in the north row. It ends in an earthfast stone at the nne extremity. Pillaged for newtake wall. This row has been rehabilitated by worth as conforming to his criteria. The minimum certain length is 70m, possibly extending another 4.5m uphill and another 15m downhill. This is the second highest row on dartmoor, exceeded only by that on conies down (sx57ne/27). Row no.54a (worth, 1967).

RCHM CITING ?OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265388.

Vis=4/10/1978 (?os) at sx 61917832 on the s-facing slope of higher white tor are the remains of a double stone row. The stones which can be positively identified cover a length of 95m. Consisting of 7 in the w row and 9 in the e. At the n end it is now impossible to differentiate between natural boulder and recumbent members of the row. Seven stones are in an upright position, the maximum height being 0.8m. The orientation of the row from the s end is 130 w from grid north (rchm citing ?os).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265390.

Not visible on raf 1951 ap (rchm app 1985).

STONES A,F,I,J,K,M AND N, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265393.

Nine stones can be said without any doubt to be part of the double row; of these, 8 are in situ whether upright or leaning over (stones a,f,i,j,k,m and n) and one is recumbent (stone l). A further 9 stones were recorded. Of these, 6 could possibly be from the row (stones b,c,d,g,q and r) but are uncertain and 3 are dubious (stones e,h and s). A total of 18 stones therefore were plotted.

WORKING DOWN ALONG THE ROW FROM STONE F, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265394.

The majority of upright, in situ stones are towards the s end of the row. Here, (working down along the row from stone f) stone-pairs are 12.8, 12, 8.5 and 13.2 apart. The only 2 extant pairs, i/j and m/n show that the space variation between each row is between 0.8 and 1.6m. All in situ stones have their long axis along the row alignment.

?OS, 4/10/1978, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265395.

The present survey agrees quite well with the 1:1000 survey of source (?os, 4/10/1978): stone p is also the s end of that survey and close correlation exists n as far as stone c. Two additional stones are depicted between stone c and stone b. Stones a and s are shown before `probable natural boulders'.

NMR CITING RCHME, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265396.

It is difficult to comment on the original reports of baring-gould and worth (1954), both of which list 25 stones but do not provide surveys. Some could have been removed but it is unlikely; it is the opinion of the present surveyor that the additional 7 stones were probably highly conjectural. Spooners minimum length seems to have extended from m/n (his `pair of prominent erect stones') to r: his 264.5 ft correlates with the 84m between these stones. His 50ft downhill extension probably accords with the distance between m/n and p/q (nmr citing rchme).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265400.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265401.

Baring gould, s. /tda/30(1898)98/5th report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265402.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor (addendum)/(1967)246.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265403.

Emmett, d. D. /pdas/37(1979)111 no.71/stone rows: the traditional view reconsidered.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265404.

Doe/smc letter/(8/1/1987)in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265405.

Des=nvq/pers comm/(22/3/1995)/notes in smr. Higher white tor. As above (nvq).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265406.

Des=rchme/()/field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265407.

Hemery, e. /high dartmoor/(1983)426.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265408.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/2(1991)65;fig 29.4.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265409.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265410.

Des=gerrard, s. /(-/-/2000)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265411.

Des=gerrard, s. /(2001)/as above.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326247.

Smc granted for reassembly of stone (doe).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV265384Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV265387Migrated Record: WORTH, 1967.
SDV265388Report - Survey: RCHM CITING ?OS.
SDV265390Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV265393Migrated Record: STONES A,F,I,J,K,M AND N.
SDV265395Migrated Record: ?OS, 4/10/1978.
SDV265396Migrated Record: NMR CITING RCHME.
SDV265400Migrated Record:
SDV265401Migrated Record:
SDV265402Migrated Record:
SDV265403Migrated Record:
SDV265404Migrated Record:
SDV265405Migrated Record:
SDV265406Migrated Record:
SDV265407Migrated Record:
SDV265408Migrated Record:
SDV265409Migrated Record:
SDV265410Migrated Record:
SDV265411Migrated Record:
SDV326247Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.
SDV7666Migrated Record: RCHM.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2020 3:42PM