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HER Number:MDV6642


Stannon, south slope of white ridge. Starts with a cairn at the north end. Double row, well preserved for a short distance, but increasingly dilapidated as the newtake wall is approached. Gradient 1 in 24, falling south. Row no.45 (worth).


Grid Reference:SX 654 815
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/70
  • Old SAM County Ref: 847
  • Old SAM Ref: 28760

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

Vis=the great stannon double stone row is 185m long and lies down a convex slope. The height difference between the base of the cairn at the top of the row and the base of the newtake wall is approximately 16m. The top and bottom of the row are not intervisible because of this height difference and the rounded convex hillslope. The row has a marked change of alignment just over halfway along its length. This suggests that it may have been built in 2 places; it is significant that the stones in the n part are taller and more substantial then those in the s. The n, uphill, part about 105m long has 32 upright or leaning slabs, 21 recumbent slabs and approximately 19 almost completely buried stones - some could be natural sub-surface features. The largest upright measures 0.9m long, 0.3m wide and 0.4m high; the tallest upright is 0.7m high and the largest exposed recumbent slab is 0.75m by 0.45m and 0.3m thick. The width of this row is about 0.65m; the spacing of the stones is now difficult to deduce. The lower (s) part of the row, c.80m long, is composed of small, upright slabs; the majority are almost completely engullged by the peat. They are now each about 0.2m long, 0.15m wide and the tips protrude 0.1m to 0.2m above the turf line. They are securely set into the ground approximately 1.7m apart but, again, the spacing is difficult to deduce. Approximately 30 upright stones are visible and at least 3 partially buried stones. Three earthfast boulders lie irregularly spaced on a line parallel to the s end of the row, c.6m to the e; they probably have no archaeological significance (fletcher).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Vis=11/8/1982 (greeves) double stone row damaged by haymaking activity august 1982 (worksheet).

Fleming, A., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV139025.

Vis=one of its s blocking stones is only 1m short of assycombe hill west reave, which may respect it (fleming).

GREEVES + ROBINSON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154533.

Vis=19/7/1983 (greeves + robinson) measured survey made of the entire row. Copy in smr.

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

Vis=10/6/1952 (os) not in very good condition, only a few stones being visible being visible.

RCHME, CITING WORTH 1953, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260149.

Vis=a double stone row, 620 ft long from the centre of a cairn at the n end, running nearly due s and slightly downhill. Well preserved at n end for a short distance but becoming more dilapidated as it approaches the newtake wall at the s end (rchme, citing worth 1953).

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260150.

Vis=10/11/1970 (ancient monuments) stone row and cairn north east of stannon tor. Consists of 35 upright stones. There is the remains of a cairn with a 3.658m diameter at the rows northern end, the cairn has been badly robbed.

19/7/1983, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260156.

Vis=site surveyed at 1:200 by t. Greeves + r. Robinson (19/7/1983). Plans in possession of t. Greeves.

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV260158.

Vis=8/10/1990 (rchme) sx65418165 to sx65398146. The stone row which protrudes through the deep peat layer can be traced in on almost unbroken line from the cairn, down the slope to the boundary wall between great stannon and little stannon newtakes. The 1983 survey by greeves and robinson indicated that it extended into little stannon for a further 350m, however a few on-line earthfast stones were the only evidence for the extension visible in 1990. The vegetation in little stannon is only lightly grazed so consequently the ground cover is low gorse bushes, heather and thick tuft grass-which effectively hides the alignment.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260163.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)306/the stone rows of dartmoor, part 1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260164.

Baring-gould, s. /tda/30(1898)97/5th report of dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260165.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260166.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260167.

Des=greeves, t. /worksheet/(9/9/1982)/in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260168.

Des=greeves,t. /(12/8/1982)/copy of letter in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260169.

Des=greeves, t. /(worksheet)/(9/9/1982)/in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260170.

Des=dnp survey drawing 1:10560/(-/10/1982)/in lydford parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260171.

Des=robinson, r. /list of fmw visits(19/1/1983)in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260172.

Des=survey drawing(1983)in smr(hanging).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260173.

Des=plan(1:200)in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260174.

Fleming, a. /pps/49(1983)210/the prehistoric landscape of dartmoor part 2.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260175.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(8/10/1990)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260176.

Des=nvq/pers comm/(22/3/1995)/notes in smr. Runs sx65398145 to sx65418164. Length 189m (nvq).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260179.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/2(1991)167;fig 35.11.

WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Stannon, south slope of white ridge. Starts with a cairn at the north end. Double row, well preserved for a short distance, but increasingly dilapidated as the newtake wall is approached. Gradient 1 in 24, falling south. Row no.45 (worth).

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152208. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(29/04/1997) Stone alignment 470m east of Stannon Brook source. Double stone alignment predominantly covered in grass. Some small patches of erosion caused by animals and footpaths. No trace of the extension reported by Greeves. A few earthfast boulders on the approximate line of the row were visible but not enough evidence to justify extension of the monument southward.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV139025Migrated Record: Fleming, A..
SDV154533Migrated Record: GREEVES + ROBINSON.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV260149Report - Survey: RCHME, CITING WORTH 1953.
SDV260150Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV260156Report - Survey: 19/7/1983.
SDV260158Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV260163Migrated Record:
SDV260164Migrated Record:
SDV260165Migrated Record:
SDV260166Migrated Record:
SDV260167Migrated Record:
SDV260168Migrated Record:
SDV260169Migrated Record:
SDV260170Migrated Record:
SDV260171Migrated Record:
SDV260172Migrated Record:
SDV260173Migrated Record:
SDV260174Migrated Record:
SDV260175Migrated Record:
SDV260176Migrated Record:
SDV260179Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152208..
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.

Associated Monuments

MDV6657Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV48016Related to: Stannon Block System, Assycombe Hill Ridge Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2020 3:56PM