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HER Number:MDV6375
Name:Row of stones near settlement, Joan Ford's Newtake

Summary

Line of three upright posts and slabs along the 331 metre contour of the steep southern slope of Joan Ford's newtake. The stones, between 1.3 metres and 1.6 metres high are spaced at about 1.0 metre intervals with slight erosion hollows containing packing stones on their south sides. Not thought to be Prehistoric; no archaeological significance. This record may be the same as MDV12963.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 631 719
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SW 262
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/86
  • Pastscape: 620445

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NON ANTIQUITY (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) STONE ALIGNMENT (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1894, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3., 307 (Article in Serial). SDV234309.

There are menhir groups at May's Newtake, Swincombe, and at Joan Ford's Newtake which may be the remains of stone rows.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX67SW66 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266297.

Site visit 15th August 1977. No trace.

Norris, R. P., 1983, A Solar Calendrical Indicator on Dartmoor, 123-125 (Article in Serial). SDV243226.

A line of three standing stones reported. Reference also to the Ordnance Survey identifying them as tethering posts.

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

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 213 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, Unknown (Worksheet). SDV357702.

Site visit 28th February 1995. Grid reference given as SX63017200. Unable to locate feature.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 1995-1997?, Royal Commission Survey on Down Ridge (Report - Survey). SDV363196.

(12/04/1989) At SX63187198 are a line of three upright posts and slabs along the 331 metre contour of the steep southern slope of Joan Ford's newtake. The stones, between 1.3 metres and 1.6 metres high are spaced at about 1.0 metre intervals with slight erosion hollows containing packing stones on their south sides. There are no signs of the stones having been cut from larger blocks or shaped in any way although the central stone has an indecipherable inscription of more than one letter on its south face. These stones cannot be associated with the surrounding prehistoric field system, nor with the three other stones noted by the Ordnance Survey, which form part of that system. Their use as a linhay, as suggested by Hemery, is also unlikely. That they were ignored by Worth, Burnard, etc suggests they knew the stones had no archaeological significance.

Radcliffe, B., 2005, Notes For HER (Correspondence). SDV357694.

Suggested that MDV12963 and MDV6375 are the same monument.

Quinnell, N. V., 22/03/1995, Stone Row north of East Glaze Brook (Personal Comment). SDV266299.

From memory these seem very doubtful as the remains of a stone row but equally doubtful as tethering posts. They do not seem prehistoric. Butler suggests they are 'part of a former settlement'. They were not found by the Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division in 1977 or the RCHME in 1985 and were ignored by Worth. Burnard may have seen some prehistoric field walling.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV234309Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1894. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. Digital. 307.
SDV243226Article in Serial: Norris, R. P.. 1983. A Solar Calendrical Indicator on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Unknown. 123-125.
SDV266297Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX67SW66. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV266299Personal Comment: Quinnell, N. V.. 22/03/1995. Stone Row north of East Glaze Brook.
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. 213.
SDV357694Correspondence: Radcliffe, B.. 2005. Notes For HER. Email. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV357702Worksheet: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. Unknown. Agricultural Development Advisory Sheet. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6299Related to: Settlement east of Royal Hill, north-west of Swincombe Water Intake (Monument)
MDV12963Related to: Stones within settlement east of Royal Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe
  • EDV8628 - Tor Royal Farm Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2021 1:10PM