Searle’s Down


England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor     SX 1769 7109     Lat 50.51112565     Long -4.57266007


Type: Single Length: 296m
No. of stones: 71 Size of stones: Only small
Tallest stone: 0.2m Shortest stone: 0.05m
Orientation: 157.5° Altitude: 244m
Upper end: Pillar Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns

Notes: Truncated by tin openwork. Survives mainly within Colliford Lake Reservoir. The stones within the row are described by Peter Herring as “tiny. None of the toppled ones, whose greatest dimensions can be measured, is longer than 0.5m, and no standing stone rises more than 0.2m (8 inches) above the rabby subsoil into which they are set. Seven are less than 0.1m high, and the average height is a mere 0.107m (4 inches); if we factor in an inch or two for washed away topsoil then we must imagine the stones barely breaking the surface.”

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes. But rarely accessible.
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Online Resources 

Historic Environment Record

Other References

Herring, P., 2013, “Searle’s Down – A newly discovered stone row” In Meyn Mamvro, No. 80, 16-17.


I am very grateful to Cheryl Straffon for bringing this stone row to my attention and providing me with a copy of the published article.


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