Glasscombe Corner

View from north east (Scale 1m).

combination single and double stone row measuring 173m long, including at least 82 small and medium-sized stones situated on an east facing slope. The row is orientated north east to south west and there is a kerbed cairn at the lower north eastern end. The row has restricted sea views and stands in the vicinity of four stone rows, several cairns and prehistoric settlements.

Location

England     Devon     Dartmoor     SX 66016 60691    Lat 50.430675    Long –3.88787

Map showing the location of Glasscombe Corner stone row.

Simplified plan of the Glasscombe Corner stone alignment (Source: Butler, J., 1993, 97).

Characteristics

Type: Single and double Length: 173m
No. of stones: 82 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 36° Altitude: 335m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone alignment and cairns
Notes: The Ordnance Survey depict this row in the wrong location.

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.


Typology

This stone row is of Type C10. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

9th March 2013

Looking south westward along the row (Scale 1m).

The southern part of the row is of the double type. View from south west.

The northern part of the row is of the single type. View from south west (Scale 1m).

The upper part of the row with a prehistoric settlement on Corringdon Ball in the background (Scale 1m).

10th September 2019

Looking north east along the row.

Central length of the row. View from west.

Looking south west along the row.

A pair of cairns to the east of the row. View from west (Scale 1m). Note the way in which the distant vista is framed by the nearby hills.

Landscape Comment

Views in most directions are restricted by the surrounding hills but a small gap to the south east provides far reaching views topped by slivers of sea.

A sliver of sea is visible from the top of the row.

Beyond the lower slopes of Ugborough Beacon the sea is visible.

The Corringdon Ball stone rows are visible from this site.

The Corringdon Ball chambered cairn is also clearly visible.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 64338 59550. Follow the bridleway heading east to SX 65769 59963 where the track of a disused railway line is encountered. Follow this north to SX 65716 60429. The row is situated 420m north east of this point. A visit to this row should be combined with others in the vicinity.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Prehistoric Monuments of Dartmoor     Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks

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. 215.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities – Vol. 4 – The South-East, Devon Books Exeter, pgs. 96-97.


Timeline

VISITED:- 9th March 2013 and 10th September 2019

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 24th January 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 12th October 2019

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