Brent Fore Hill

Stones forming part of the alignment. Corringdon Ball chambered cairn stands behind on the horizon. View from south west. Scale 1m.

Stones forming part of the alignment. Corringdon Ball chambered cairn stands behind on the horizon. View from south west. Scale 1m.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66848 61345     Lat 50.436812    Long -3.8763352

 

Brent Fore Hill

Simplified plan of Brent Fore Hill stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1993).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 120m
No. of stones: 32 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 54° Altitude: 316m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end:  –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context: Cairns, stone alignments and chambered cairn
Notes

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Photographs

Brent Fore Hill WPDSCF4463

The Corringdon Ball chambered cairn is in a prominent sky line location along much of the row.

Brent Fore Hill WPDSCF4460red

Looking along the row. View from the north (Scale 1m).

Brent Fore Hill WPDSCF4468

Looking north eastward up the row. The ranging rod stands in the gap between the rows (Scale 1m).

Landmark Reveals

Brent Fore Hill R and B

Simplified map highlighting those areas (blue) which are visible from the lower end of the row but are not visible from the top (red). Source Heywhatsthat.com

The viewshed (blue) from the bottom of the row is very limited compared to that from the top. Despite this a large number of cairns are located at the limit of visibility and indeed the cairns at Three Barrows which are visible from the bottom disappear as you walk up the row.  Only the cairn at Sharp Tor and the stone alignment at Piles Hill are not visible from the bottom and these appear as you walk up the row. The cairns at Ugborough Beacon, Spurrell’s Cross, Glasscombe Ball are all at the limit of visibility along the row and the nearby Corringdon Ball chambered cairn is prominent throughout. The stone row has a number of clearly defined visual links with broadly contemporary archaeological remains in the vicinity and the way in which many are revealed whilst walking along the row is consistent with the finding from other rows. The consistency of this phenomenon strongly supports the idea that the rows were carefully placed within the landscape to specifically refer to other special places. The way in which these special places are revealed along the length of the row is particularly noteworthy and suggestive of deliberation.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 68060 62906. Walk south along the public highway to SX 67931 62316. From here follow the footpath up the hill onto the open moorland.


Online Resources

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks     Sea Views

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 214.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 4 – The South-East, Devon Books Exeter, pg. 94.

 

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