Featured Row – Searle’s Down on Bodmin Moor

Searle’s Down stone row which lies within Colliford Lake is a combination single and double stone row measuring 306m long, including at least 36 mainly small-sized stones situated within Colliford Reservoir. The row is orientated NNW to SSE and has several visual links to the landscape.  Some of the row will have been destroyed by historic tinworking and during the construction of the nearby Colliford dam, but it originally extended to a cairn at the SSE end. The cairn along with others in the vicinity were fully excavated in 1977-8 by Frances Griffith. This work suggests that the row was probably built in the Early Bronze Age.

Plan of the northern length of Searle’s Down stone row. Recumbent stone shown green and flint find spots with red crosses (Source: Survey on 14th October 2018 at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard, Janet Daynes and Gordon Fisher). 

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