Cholwichtown

Destroyed3

A single stone row that measured 217m long, including at least 44 mainly medium-sized stones together with some small stones situated on a former spur. The row was orientated NNE to SSW, there was a cairn at the upper NNE end and a tall pillar at the other. The row was excavated in 1961 prior to its destruction, but no artefacts or other dating material was found.

Location

England Devon Dartmoor SX 585 623 Lat 50.443439   Long -3.994169

Map showing the location of Cholwichtown stone row.

Simplified plan of the Cholwichtown stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1994).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 217m
No. of stones: 44 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 22° Altitude: 250m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: Pillar
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: Excavated prior to destruction.

Historic Photographs

Looking north east along the row. This photograph was taken on 21 April 1940. © Taylor (DNPA/Devon County Council) and © Dartmoor Archive. Click on image to visit original location.

The kerbed cairn at the top of the row. View from the south. This photograph was taken in 1914. © Taylor (DNPA/Devon County Council) and © Dartmoor Archive. Click on image to visit original location.

Other Information

Public Access:  No
Land Status: China clay works
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

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


Typology

This stone row is of Type S10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor

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., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 3 – The South-West, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 109-10.


Timeline

VISITED:- Not visited

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 16th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 25th March 2019

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